Mr. Biden, in line with White House aides, is open to appointing Mr. Blum to an ambassadorship, which is among the many most coveted positions in any administration. After prioritizing the appointments of their West Wing workers and the cupboard, the president and his prime advisers have solely not too long ago began contemplating whom to dispatch abroad.
One potential ambassador, talking on the situation of anonymity to debate a delicate matter, stated Mr. Biden himself needs to pore over the listing of potential appointees and doesn’t really feel rushed.
There is, nevertheless, rising impatience among the many would-be envoys. Former senators, together with some who served within the Senate with Mr. Biden, are significantly keen to realize some readability and have taken word of how few of their ranks have joined the administration to this point, in line with one distinguished Democrat who has spoken to them.
The president, himself a former chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, is making an attempt a fragile balancing act: rewarding loyal donors and former colleagues with out flooding the diplomatic corps with political appointees, as a few of his associates thought former President Donald J. Trump had achieved.
Former senators who may very well be named as ambassadors embody Jeff Flake, the Arizona Republican who backed Mr. Biden; Joe Donnelly of Indiana; Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota; Ken Salazar of Colorado; and Christopher J. Dodd of Connecticut.
It’s not simply former members of Congress searching for positions. A handful of present lawmakers are nonetheless hoping to hitch the administration however are ready due to Mr. Biden’s personal deliberations and the Democrats’ slim majorities. For instance, Representative Dina Titus of Nevada, an early Biden supporter, is hoping for an ambassadorship, however there are at the moment three Democratic vacancies within the House, the place the social gathering holds a slim majority.
Mr. Blum’s want for an ambassadorship may show consequential, although. Gov. Gavin Newsom of California, dealing with an more and more doubtless recall risk and keen to energise his social gathering’s base, pledged in an interview with MSNBC’s Joy Reid on Monday evening that he would appoint a Black girl to switch Ms. Feinstein. He acknowledged he had “multiple names in mind” for a emptiness that doesn’t exist.