Biden picks Buttigieg to head Department of Transportation

Reuters reports that Democrat Joe Biden has nominated former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D) to lead the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). 

Mayor @PeteButtigieg is a leader, patriot, and problem-solver. He speaks to the best of who we are as a nation,” Biden tweeted on Tuesday. “I am nominating him for Secretary of Transportation because he’s equipped to take on the challenges at the intersection of jobs, infrastructure, equity, and climate.”

Reuters furthers reports Biden as explaining that he is nominating Buttigieg “because this position stands at the nexus of so many of the interlocking challenges and opportunities ahead of us.”

“Jobs, infrastructure, equity, and climate all come together at the DOT, the site of some of our most ambitious plans to build back better,” Biden added.

What now?

This all assumes that Biden is going to become the next president of the United States. If this is the case, then Buttigieg will have to be confirmed by Congress, and that is no guarantee.

Senate Republicans are almost certainly going to oppose Buttigieg. There are a number of reasons to do so, but Breitbart highlighted two.

One is the repeated attacks Buttigieg has launched on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), in particular, and Senate Republicans, in general.

The other is Buttigieg’s ties to former staff members who promoted the Trump Accountability Project. This is the project that sought to blacklist supporters of President Donald Trump, particularly former administration officials, looking for work. The project, after fierce opposition, has been shut down.

It might not only be Senate Republicans opposing Buttigieg’s confirmation

In a separate article, Breitbart reported on the fact that leaders of the Black Lives Matter movement are voicing opposition to Buttigieg.

“[W]e urge the rejection of our former mayor Pete Buttigieg, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, former Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, and Rhode Island, Governor Gina Raimondo for Transportation Secretary or any other cabinet position,” said Jordan Geiger, the leader of the South Bend, Indiana, chapter of Black Lives Matter.

As Breitbart reports, “Buttigieg faced opposition from the local black community after he demoted the city’s first black police chief, and after a white police officer shot and killed a black man named Eric Logan. Black Lives Matter activists followed Buttigieg on the campaign trail and protested him repeatedly.”

Others on the left, however, will support Buttigieg, arguing that, as a gay man who is not a former Obama administration official, he will bring needed diversity to Biden’s cabinet. It looks as though a contentious confirmation hearing is ahead.

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