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Grijalva in Running for Interior

By Juliet Eilperin
Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.) has emerged as a leading contender for Interior Secretary in the next administration, according to sources familiar with the transition.

Grijalva's experience and background meshes nicely with some of the Obama team's top requirements. The son of a migrant worker who grew up in Tucson, Grijalva boasts a strong environmental record and chairs the House Resources Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands.

Choosing the congressman, who was just re-elected to his fifth term, would please both Latino advocates and the environmental community. Grijalva boasts a 95 percent lifetime score with the League of Conservation Voters, and he oversaw a federal study that linked oil and gas development on public lands with the decline in Western hunting habitat. He has also questioned the cheap grazing permits the Interior Department has leased to ranchers in the West.

Traditionally, the Interior slot goes to a Westerner. While many political observers had initially thought New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson might nab the post if he did not get picked for Secretary of State, he might end up as Commerce Secretary instead.

Posted at 7:19 PM ET on Nov 21, 2008
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Congressman Raul M. Grijalva is an excellent choice for Secretary of Interior.

The son of a Bracero rancher from Mexico, he knows the importance of Western lands and our rich natural and cultural heritage. His efforts to create the National Landscape Conservation System are well respected.

A long-time champion for Alaska's Tongass and Chugach National Forests and the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge's polar bears, Grijalva will elevate the fight against global warming.

Tucsonans will miss him greatly but are proud to share his strengths with the rest of the country.

Posted by: arizonadiana | November 27, 2008 6:12 PM

Rep. Grijalva will be an excellent Secretary of the Interior! My only concern as a constituent of his is that I will be losing such a great congressman.

Posted by: jonralston | November 25, 2008 1:04 PM

I thought the the pick of Janet Napolitano was a signal to the Illegal alien hordes, this is a shout out.
We are through as a nation.....officially.
Sorry if this appears as hate speech. But I do.

Posted by: pricklydave | November 23, 2008 5:22 PM

There's lots about him Juliet Eilperin "forgot" to tell you, including him being proud of having been a member of an anti-American extremist group:

You cannot trust what the Washington Post tells you.

Posted by: LonewackoDotCom | November 23, 2008 3:38 PM

Grijalva has a great envorinmental record. I love this pick!

Posted by: sunnyday1 | November 23, 2008 3:01 PM

Raul Grijalva may have a resume regarding Interior affairs, but this is also a Congressman, who in his first term (with virtually no experience in Washington DC) had the audacity to actually petition the U.N. to monitor OUR own elections in the United States!! Any man who has that little confidence in the American process certainly does not belong in a Presidential Cabinet. He will bring discredit to Obama’s Administration and complicate the confirmation process.

There are many better-qualified AMERICANS from the West to appoint to that Cabinet position.

Posted by: patriot19 | November 23, 2008 12:00 AM

We need somone like Grijalva, who links loss of hunting habitat to the reckless exploitation of the people's resources.

Fish in the Galveston Bay complex have recently been deemed unfit to eat. As a lifelong avid angler, I'm deeply saddened. Our state politics are dominated by anti-environment, pro-business, fake cowboys like Bush, who love their guns and religion almost as much as they love easy money, but they destroy the game we would hunt and show no respect for God's creation. Because they scoff at the idea of making businesses clean up after themselves, it makes no sense for them to call themselves sportsmen or Christians.

Posted by: rooster54 | November 22, 2008 7:12 PM

I've been working on an issue that Rep. Grijalva has shown some of the most courageous leadership I've seen out of the political world. Check out this multimedia on the border wall:

Posted by: kris_schly | November 22, 2008 6:42 PM

For anyone paying attention to the situation of our national parks and federal lands, Rep. Grijalva is the clear choice for interior. He has both a passion for the land and the integrity to stand up for our public lands, even when its not the politically expedient thing to do.

Posted by: kris_schly | November 22, 2008 6:38 PM

Raul Grijalva would be a great man as Interior Secretary. He has a deep understanding of the problems facing western public lands and wildlife. There are so many ecological problems BushCo have caused or exacerbated. Public lands livestock grazing is laying Waste to the arid West - polluting and killing water flows, spreading weeds that fuel big fires, and promoting global warming through desertification. Right now a hand full of increasingly corporate ranchers, foreign-owned gold mines, and feedlots hold public lands permits - and pay $1.35 a month to graze a cow. Of course, this costs taxpayers many times that amount just to administer the destruction the grazing is causing. The grazing is also a primary cause of endangering species, and many species currently listed or proposed for listing, from sage grouse to rare plants, would have much better chances of survival without grazing disturbance.

Plus I believe Grijalva would best be able to find balance in the Renewable and other Energy development proposals now exploding on public lands. Right now, it's a free-for-all of destruction. Go Grijalva!

Posted by: sagesse | November 22, 2008 10:55 AM

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