Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is making calls to the White House to advocate for former Representative Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY) as the new Secretary of Labor. Current Labor Secretary, Marty Walsh, is expected to step down soon to become the executive director of the NHL Players’ Association. Maloney, a close Pelosi ally, was ousted in the midterm elections by Congressman Mike Lawler (R-NY). Pelosi would “love to see Sean Patrick Maloney continue in public service, including in the Administration.” It’s unclear to see if Pelosi will get her way, as Deputy Labor Secretary Julie Su is also in the running.
By Jordan Dixon-Hamilton; February 10, 2023
Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is reportedly lobbying the Joe Biden White House on behalf of former Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY) to become the administration’s next Secretary of Labor, NBC News reported.
Pelosi is making calls to the White House and labor leaders on Maloney’s behalf, according to NBC News’s Garrett Haake.
Biden’s Labor Secretary Marty Walsh, former Boston mayor, is expected to leave the administration in the near future to become the executive director of the NHL Players’ Association.
Walsh’s exit would mark the first Cabinet official to leave Biden’s administration after two years in office. Still, he joins several top departures, including National Economic Council Director Brian Deese and former chief of staff Ron Klain.
Maloney, a close Pelosi ally, previously led the Democrat Congressional Campaign Committee until he was ousted from Congress by Rep. Mike Lawler (R-NY) in the Midterm elections.
Pelosi spokesman Aaron Bennett told NBC News that the former House speaker “would love to see Sean Patrick Maloney continue in public service, including in the Administration.”
However, Pelosi is unlikely to have her way as Deputy Labor Secretary Julie Su is reportedly expected to succeed Walsh.
One official who works closely with Biden’s administration on union issues told NBC News that “Other names are being floated as there always will be. But it has to be Su.”
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