The Trail: A Daily Diary of Campaign 2008


44 The Obama Presidency

Bronx Chief Carrion Gets a Post After All

By Scott Butterworth and Chris Cillizza
Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrión Jr. is slated to direct the newly created White House Office of Urban Policy, sources familiar with the appointment said last night.

Carrión had been rumored as a contender to lead the Department of Housing and Urban Development -- a rumor that gained legs, in fact, thanks to Carrión himself. He made headlines last week for telling two New Haven, Conn., groups on Dec. 5 that he was in line to head a Cabinet department.

Instead, the HUD Cabinet post went today to another New Yorker, city housing commissioner Shaun Donovan.

If this is a consolation prize for Carrión, it is one that is near and dear to the president-elect's heart. Obama campaigned on the creation of an urban policy office, saying it was needed "to ensure that all federal dollars targeted to urban areas are effectively spent on the highest-impact programs."

And the office's director will report directly to the president.

Senior Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett told black columnists last month that the office would better coordinate federal efforts to help America's cities, and she called the head of the office "really a critical position."

Carrión, 47, became borough president in 2001 and was term-limited from running again in the job next fall. The New York Post first reported today on Carrión landing the Urban Policy position.

Posted at 10:24 PM ET on Dec 13, 2008  | Category:  44 The Obama Presidency
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I can't believe Obama would pick a political hack like Adolfo Carrion, the lap dog of the new Yankee Stadium scandal, which is now the subject of investigations in Congress and in Albany.

C'mon, Barack, we expected better. Look up the stories about how Carrion screwed over anyone who dared to oppose him on Bronx community boards. They believed they were working for their communities -- instead, they were working for a political boss.

Posted by: brooklynjamesjoseph | December 15, 2008 3:00 PM

Can someone from the WaPo follow-up with Jarrett what she knows about the Blagojavich scandal?

Posted by: JakeD | December 14, 2008 9:28 AM

Hey everyone, I know that some may not agree that Adolfo is worth of a post in Obama's administration but as you already know, I differ on this. Adolfo is the best Latino out there worthy of a post. I did not noticed much support for him to be a possible pick as the next US Senator from New York but I hope we can cheer his candidacy for this coveted post without any reservations. Simply put, he deserves it. And for those of us who have been advcating for more Latino representation in all levels of government, we should celebrate (as soon as it is confirmed and announced by the President-elect).

Posted by: Haile_Rivera | December 14, 2008 1:16 AM

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