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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

By Anne Bartlett  |  October 20, 2008; 10:19 AM ET
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oooohh! HUD Secretary in a Republican administration! This is the classic backwater appointment for Republican Presidents to prove how tolerant of diversity they are.

Good thing there isn't going to BE a McCain Administration.

Posted by: Takoma Parker | October 20, 2008 10:42 AM | Report abuse

You know, I'd like to believe that even in a McCain administration, being involved in an administration that listed peaceful protesters as terrorists would be disqualifying...well, it would at least give him some trouble in Senate confirmation.

Posted by: Jonboy | October 20, 2008 11:07 AM | Report abuse

Slightly sad that the best they can think of for Steele is HUD

Posted by: JE | October 20, 2008 11:51 AM | Report abuse

Steele will do an excellent job anywhere he ends up.

Pity that we don't have him working for us in the US Senate now!

Posted by: Rufus | October 20, 2008 2:28 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, Rufus, but Michael Steele is just another sleazy politician, trained by that "Tom Delay protege," Ehrlich. Steele aided and abetted hiring those homeless Philadelphians who were bused in, met with Ehrlich's wife Kendal, got their official blessing, and then were sent on to distribute lying election flyers indicating fraudulently that PG Democrats supported the Ehrlich-Steele ticket. And when Steele announced that he'd like the job as Republican National Chair--not even his own party took him up on it. Consign him to irrelevance like his former boss.

Posted by: Commonsense 101 | October 20, 2008 4:53 PM | Report abuse

I have to agree with most posters here, Steele is sleazy, polished, but sleazy.

As HUD Chief, Steele would be lucky that Bush's uncle tom, Alphonso Jackson levered the bar so much. Jackson should have been run out of town on a rail.

Steele really needs to take a cue from Colin Powell, and save his own soul before its too late. There are no bush-presidential-pardons on judgement day.

Posted by: Donny | October 20, 2008 9:27 PM | Report abuse

How about Secretary of Disinformation and Distortion? I think Steele's credentials for the D&D job are unmatched. Remember his phony "Democratic" Sample Ballot? His qualifications for deceit are unmatched.

The Guns & Oil Party couldn't select a better head of the D&D.

Posted by: GOP Offers Us Nothing | October 21, 2008 5:11 PM | Report abuse

I voted for Michael Steele. He is a good, honest man who sticks with his principles and doesn't vote black just because of his race. I would recommend him to McCain's cabinet when McCain wins the POTUS race November 4th. Vote McCain/Palin.

Posted by: TWOTIMETUNA | October 21, 2008 10:14 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: Donny | October 23, 2008 11:32 AM | Report abuse

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