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Election 2012

November 20, 2012

Latinos eye Cabinet slots


Latino groups have a long list of possibles, especially for Commerce or Transportation, including Los Angeles MayorAntonio Villaraigosa and former Miami mayor Manny Diaz.

In the private sector, business executives such as Ralph de la Vega, president and CEO of AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets, or Cesar Conde, president of the Univision Networks at Univision Communications, might be induced to join the administration.

Meanwhile, there’s some talk that longtime Obama friend and mega-bundler Penny Pritzker — not a Latina — might be interested in the job of commerce secretary. We had her penciled in for a small diplomatic post, such as the Court of St. James’ (London) or perhaps Paris, but . . .

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Attorney General Eric Holder Jr.might be doing his best Hamlet impersonation about whether to leave the administration — after much consternation, the latest is that he’s staying put for now. But there’s certainly upheaval in the ranks of his assistants.

Joseph Wayland, acting assistant attorney general for the antitrust division, left this month and was replaced by Renata Hesse in an acting role (William Baer, a lawyer with Arnold & Porter, was nominated to replace her permanently, but he’s yet to be confirmed by Congress).

Wayland returned to his old firm, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett. He tells the Loop that his commute from New York — where he lives with his wife and three teenage boys — to Washington was getting to be too much. “I was on borrowed time,” he says.

He isn’t the only one moving on. Lanny Breuer, assistant attorney general for the criminal division, is also said to be heading for the exit, perhaps by year’s end. He’s been at Justice for the bulk of the first Obama administration, and so his eventual departure, too, seems like a natural turn of events.

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