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Villaraigosa potential pick to succeed LaHood

As new secretary of transportation in Obama’s cabinet.

No sooner had Ray LaHood tendered his resignation as secretary of transportation Tuesday afternoon than speculation mounted on a â??celebrityâ?ť successor: Antonio Villaraigosa, two-term mayor of Los Angeles and one of the the Democratic Partyâ??s most promising Latino American stars.

In political terms, President Obama would be losing the lone Republican in his first-term Cabinet, butâ??assuming Chuck Hagel is confirmed as secretary of defenseâ??a former Republican senator from Nebraska would enter the Obama team as a former seven term Republican House Member from Illinois exits. So the president could then be free to tap a high-profile and very partisan Democrat.

A former speaker of the California state Assembly, Villaraigosa has long been regarded as a future Democratic governor or senator from the Golden State and even a candidate for national office. Less than two weeks ago, his address at the National Press Club in Washington DC on immigration was a sold-out event. After two two-year terms in City Hall, Villaraigosa is â??termed outâ?ť in April and appointment to the Cabinet would give him a new political home in which to land.

In addition, a Villaraigosa appointment to the Cabinet would solve another political problem. With Democrats holding all major statewide offices in California and Sens. Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein considered shoo-ins for re-election so long as they choose, there is no available office to which Villaraigosa could turnâ??at least not in 2014. Making him â??Secretary Villaraigosaâ?ť not only gives him a home but a base with which to be considered for future officeâ??quite possibly, as vice presidential running mate to Joe Biden or Hillary Clinton in 2016.

As for LaHood, there might still be political ramifications from his service under a Democratic president. The outgoing secretaryâ??s son is State Sen. Darin LaHood, considered a political comer in the Land of Lincoln. A former assistant U.S. attorney, young LaHood is considered a strong favorite to succeed Rep. Aaron Schock in the Peoria-area U.S. House District (formerly held by the elder LaHood) if Schock chooses to run for governor next year. Whether primary voters hold the â??sinâ?ť of the fatherâ??working for Obamaâ??against the son will surely be an intriguing political story to watch in 2014.

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John Gizzi has come to be known as â??the man who knows everyone in Washingtonâ?ť and, indeed, many of those who hold elected positions and in party leadership roles throughout the United States. With his daily access to the White House as a correspondent, Mr. Gizzi offers readers the inside scoop on whatâ??s going on in the nationâ??s capital. He is the author of a number of popular Human Events features, such as â??Gizzi on Politicsâ?ť and spotlights of key political races around the country. Gizzi also is the host of â??Gizziâ??s America,â?ť video interviews that appear on HumanEvents.com. Gizzi got his start at Human Events in 1979 after graduating from Fairfield University in Connecticut and then working for the Travis County (Tex.) Tax Assessor. He has appeared on hundreds of radio and TV shows, including Fox News Channel, C-SPAN, America's Voice,The Jim Bohannon Show, Fox 5, WUSA 9, America's Radio News Network and is also a frequent contributor to the BBC -- and has appeared on France24 TV and German Radio. He is a past president of the Georgetown Kiwanis Club, past member of the St. Matthew's Cathedral's Parish Council, and secretary of the West End Friends of the Library. He is a recipient of the William A. Rusher Award for Journalistic Excellence and was named Journalist of the Year by the Conservative Political Action Conference in 2002. John Gizzi is also a credentialed correspondent at the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. He has questioned two IMF managing directors, Dominique Strauss-Kahn and Christine LaGarde, and has become friends with international correspondents worldwide. Johnâ??s email is JGizzi@EaglePub.Com

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Villaraigosa potential pick to succeed LaHood

No sooner had Ray LaHood tendered his resignation as secretary of transportation Tuesday afternoon than speculation mounted on a “celebrity” successor: Antonio Villaraigosa, two-term mayor of Los Angeles and one of the the Democratic Party’s most promising Latino American stars.

In political terms, President Obama would be losing the lone Republican in his first-term Cabinet, but—assuming Chuck Hagel is confirmed as secretary of defense—a former Republican senator from Nebraska would enter the Obama team as a former seven term Republican House Member from Illinois exits. So the president could then be free to tap a high-profile and very partisan Democrat.

A former speaker of the California state Assembly, Villaraigosa has long been regarded as a future Democratic governor or senator from the Golden State and even a candidate for national office. Less than two weeks ago, his address at the National Press Club in Washington DC on immigration was a sold-out event. After two two-year terms in City Hall, Villaraigosa is “termed out” in April and appointment to the Cabinet would give him a new political home in which to land.

In addition, a Villaraigosa appointment to the Cabinet would solve another political problem. With Democrats holding all major statewide offices in California and Sens. Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein considered shoo-ins for re-election so long as they choose, there is no available office to which Villaraigosa could turn—at least not in 2014. Making him “Secretary Villaraigosa” not only gives him a home but a base with which to be considered for future office—quite possibly, as vice presidential running mate to Joe Biden or Hillary Clinton in 2016.

As for LaHood, there might still be political ramifications from his service under a Democratic president. The outgoing secretary’s son is State Sen. Darin LaHood, considered a political comer in the Land of Lincoln. A former assistant U.S. attorney, young LaHood is considered a strong favorite to succeed Rep. Aaron Schock in the Peoria-area U.S. House District (formerly held by the elder LaHood) if Schock chooses to run for governor next year. Whether primary voters hold the “sin” of the father—working for Obama—against the son will surely be an intriguing political story to watch in 2014.

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