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A lesbian in the cabinet?

A lesbian in the cabinet?
by Ethan Jacobs
associate editor
Wednesday Dec 3, 2008

The Wall Street Journal reports that Obama may choose a lesbian to serve in his cabinet (and no, I don’t mean Janet Napolitano). The journal reports that labor activist Mary Beth Maxwell is being vetted for the the Labor Secretary post, although it is far from a done deal. Here’s the Journal’s description of Maxwell:

For the rainbow cabinet of the nation’s first African American president, Mary Beth Maxwell is the perfect labor secretary you’ve probably never heard of: a gay woman, community organizer and labor leader with an adopted African American son. And this founding executive director of American Rights at Work is about to get the full-court press.

The Journal reports that Human Rights Campaign has thrown their support behind her, but only after announcing their support for an earlier reported candidate for the post, Rep. Linda Sanchez. The paper reported that HRC President Joe Solmonese wrote the Obama campaign:

“While we remain supportive of Representative Sánchez’s candidacy, it has come to our attention that Mary Beth Maxwell is also being considered for this crucial position. Given Ms. Maxwell’s long history of leadership on labor issues, HRC is pleased to also endorse Mary Beth Maxwell for Secretary of Labor.”

The Journal reports that Maxwell may lose out to candidates with more star power, such as Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm or Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius. But time will tell. Maybe we’ll get our first out lesbian cabinet member.

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Written by kickingalion

December 3, 2008 at 5:10 pm

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  1. wow. glad if this is real!

    lesfriendly

    December 4, 2008 at 6:05 am


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