Steele as GOP Cabinet Pick?
Former Maryland lieutenant governor Michael S. Steele (R), who gave a prime-time speech at last month's Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minn., is being mentioned as a possible Cabinet secretary if Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) wins the presidency.
Steele was identified by Congressional Quarterly as one of three potential secretaries of Housing and Urban Development in a McCain administration.
CQ credits Steele for his work as chairman of GOPAC, a national organization that recruits Republican candidates. And the publication notes, "He's also keeping up his public profile by appearing regularly as a pundit on CNN and Fox and by giving one of the best-received speeches ('Drill, baby, drill!') at the GOP convention this summer."
Other possible HUD secretaries, according to CQ: J. Kenneth Blackwell, a former Ohio secretary of state, and Stephen Goldsmith, a former Indianapolis mayor who is board chairman of the Corporation for National and Community Service.
An interactive feature on the CQ Web site bodes well for Steele. It allows users to assemble McCain's and Obama's cabinets. As of Friday, Steele was the choice for HUD secretary of 72.percent of those making picks for McCain. The feature is available at innovation.cq.com.
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