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Democratic Allies Lobby Clinton for Minority Candidates on Cabinet

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By    |   Wednesday, 02 Nov 2016 08:36 AM

The congressional Hispanic, Asian, and black caucuses have held meetings with Hillary Clinton's transition team to present candidates for her Cabinet positions if she wins the presidency, The Hill reports. 

The Democratic candidate had pledged that her Cabinet would be 50 percent female, and the caucuses are looking for racial diversity.

A Clinton win would likely owe a debt to the minority constituents that are expected to back her instead of her Republican rival Donald Trump. The Hill reported on a number of possible candidates put forward by the caucuses.

Congressional Hispanic Caucus whip Ruben Gallego said the leader of Clinton's transition team, Ken Salazar, gave "assurances" of a search for Hispanic appointees.

President Barack Obama's Secretary of Labor Tom Perez is considered a strong candidate to lead Clinton's Department of Justice. Clinton's top Hispanic surrogate, California Rep. Xavier Becerra could be in line for Health and Human Services or director of the Office of Management and Budget.

Other possible names, according to The Hill: Housing Secretary Julian Castro, Small Business Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, California's Secretary of State Alex Padilla, and Alejandro Mayorkas, former deputy secretary of Homeland Security.

The Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus said Chris Lu, Obama's deputy secretary of Labor, is a leading candidate for the Labor Secretary job. Neera Tanden could lead the Department of Health and Human Services.

Other candidates include the U.S. ambassador to India, Richard Verma, U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, deputy HUD secretary Nani Coloretti, former acting solicitor general Neal Katyal, and Raj Shah, who was head of the U.S. Agency for International Development.

The Congressional Black Caucus mentioned Ohio Rep. Marcia Fudge to lead the Agriculture Department, Mississippi Rep. Bennie Thompson to lead Homeland Security, and former Jacksonville mayor Alvin Brown to head up HUD.

New York Rep. Charles Rangel, who is retiring, said he believes the black community trusts Clinton's team.

"Most of us in the African-American community believe Bill Clinton really reached out to make historic appointments. I don't think you have to be a politician to see that, without the black vote, there is no victory for the Democratic Party," Rangel said.

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The congressional Hispanic, Asian, and black caucuses have held meetings with Hillary Clinton's transition team to present candidates for her Cabinet positions if she wins the presidency, The Hill reports.
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