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Strickland for U.S. Commerce Secretary

By Bertram de Souza (Contact)


Published March 22, 2011

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Now that President Obama has nominated Commerce Secretary Gary Locke to be the new ambassador to China, speculation abounds about his replacement. If confirmed by the Senate, Locke, who is of Chinese descent, would replace Ambassador Jon Huntsman.

Huntsman, a Republican, was appointed by Obama, but he resigned to return home and perhaps run for president next year.

Former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland, who lost a re-election bid by a very narrow margin, is certainly qualified to be Commerce secretary. As governor of one of the leading exporting states in the nation and as a former member of Congress, Strickland has dealt with many of the issues handled by the department.

According to its website, the U.S. Department of Commerce has a broad mandate to advance economic growth and jobs and opportunities for the American people. It has cross cutting responsibilities in the areas of trade, technology, entrepreneurship, economic development, environmental stewardship and statistical research and analysis.

The secretary of Commerce oversees a $6.5 billion budget and approximately 38,000 employees.

From a political standpoint, Obama would certainly benefit from having a popular former governor in his cabinet when he seeks re-election next year. Ohio will be a battleground state and Strickland, as Commerce secretary, would be a powerful presence on the campaign trail.


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11970mach1(1005 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

Sure, and he can tell us all how the Obama Admin has done nothing to curb the flow of imports. Sounds like a great plan.

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2walter_sobchak(1847 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

If Mr. Strickland is a "popular former governor", explain why he did not win re-election. He did an excellent job increasing commerce in the state of Ohio. Honestly, DeSalsa, do you read what you write?

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3author50(1121 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

What happened to Jay Williams for Auto Czar?

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4commoncitizen(959 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

Srickland "would make a good Commerce Sec."?? Like he was REALLY liked as Governor!! As Commerce secretary he could blow that 6.5 billion budget and then wonder How he did it. And expect to get a bigger budget the next year.

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5Askmeificare(694 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

@ author50:

I was wondering the same thing.

I thought Jay Williams was heading to Washington before too long to fill what was an apparent appointment.

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