Could Gina McCarthy be Replaced by Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt at EPA?Mon, 28 Nov 2016 03:44:35 CST
Several Oklahomans are being mentioned as being in contention for spots within the Donald Trump Administration, as work to identify more members of the Trump Cabinet picks up speed after Thanksgiving. Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt is listed as one of the first names in the latest group of potentials for Administrator of the EPA. He and Kathleen White- the former head of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality- both meet with Trump later today.
Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin is being seen as a serious contender for the Department of Interior Secretary. She is the first name mentioned in the Politico analysis as a candidate for Interior- Oklahoma oilman Harold Hamm is the last name mentioned of the nine contenders listed for Interior- which also includes Sarah Palin, who Politico calls "increasingly seen as a long shot pick."
Oilman Harold Hamm is at the top of the list for Energy Secretary. Politico calls the Chairman of Continental Resources the "leading influencer on Trump's energy policy during the campaign" adding that he and the President elect have been friends for years. However, they acknowledge Hamm has signaled he plans to stay at Continental.
The third Oklahoma politician mentioned as a potential player in the Trump leadership team is former US Senator Tom Coburn. His name is one of three they point to as possibles for the Director of the Office of Management and Budget.
The same names that they have used in previous lists for the USDA Secretary's post is in the latest Politico article. Names mentioned include current Governor Sam Brownback of Kansas, former Governors Dave Heineman of Nebraska, Rick Perry of Texas and Sonny Perdue of Georgia. It's worth noting that Perry is a former Texas Commissioner of Agriculture before running for and winning the Governor's race in Texas. Several names that have Indiana ties are on the list that is floating on Ag Secretary, suggesting that this is a Cabinet position that Trump may allow Vice President Elect Mike Pence to have a major hand in picking.
To read the full Politico article on the latest names being thrown around as pontentials for the Trump team- click or tap here.
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