Brown's Name "Hotly Circulating" for Veterans Post
Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) this morning acknolwedged speculation that Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown (D) is under consideration for a Cabinet post in the Obama administration, saying the former Prince George's delegate has been "a tremendous partner to me in guiding our state forward."
Brown's name has surfaced in several news reports as a possible secretary of veterans affairs, including an account Friday in the Air Force Times. That publication said Brown's name was "hotly circulating" among advisers to President-elect Barack Obama.
"Given his talents, his military service, and his abilities, it is natural that people would speculate about the possibility of the Lieutenant Governor being Secretary of Veterans Affairs in the Obama Administration," O'Malley said in a statement issued yesterday morning.
Brown,47, is a colonel in the Army Reserves and an Iraq war veteran. He was a classmate of Barack Obama at Harvard Law School but was an early supporter of the presidential bid of Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.).
Brown is already playing a role in Obama's transition as co-chair of a group reviewing the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Other names reportedly under consideration for the secretary's job are former Sen. Max Cleland (D-Ga.), 67, a Vietnam veteran who lost both legs and an arm in that conflict, and Tammy Duckworth, a 41-year-old Iraq war veteran who lost both legs when her helicopter was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade.
Both Brown and a spokesman have deflected questions about his prospects as secretary in recent days, saying he is focused on his work as lieutenant governor and in the Obama transition.
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