It’s a possibility:
Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz., has emerged as a leading contender for secretary of the Interior.
Grijalva, 60, is Tucson native and son of an immigrant Mexican farmworker. He served as Hispanic co-chair for Obama’s presidential campaign and has been a fierce critic of the Bush administration’s environmental policies. He serves on the House Committee on Natural Resources, and chairs the National Parks, Forests and Public Lands Subcommittee.
Last month, Grijalva issued a scathing report titled, The Bush Administration’s Assaults on Our National Parks, Forests and Public Lands. The 23-page critique accuses the President of carrying out “a concerted strategy” of reducing the protections for federal properties, “opening up these lands for every type of private, commercial and extractive industry possible.”
He has long been regarded as an environmental advocate, leading efforts to regulate hard-rock mining and establish a National Landscape Conservation System. He recently told The Arizona Republic that Bush’s administration sold away public resources to private interests, performing “more like real-estate agents than stewards of (public) lands.”
Everything I know about Grijalva tells me that he would be a fantastic choice; he has a strong environmental record that would lead to a complete turnaround the Bush administration’s environmental policies.
Plus, Grijalva is a dyed-in-the-wool progressive–in fact, he was just elected (along with Rep. Lynn Woolsey) to head the House Progressive Caucus. While I’ve been happy with a lot of Obama’s cabinet picks, I’m glad to see that there are some stronger progressives being considered.