Donald Trump ran on many issues, from immigration to reforming Washington, and he ran against 16 other candidates who all argued for reform in different ways.
Rick Perry, former Governor of Texas and man who has run for President more than once, made powerful reforms in Texas during his tenure. And now Trump is considering him for a position that might seem unorthodox at first.
But once you consider that he led one of the nation’s biggest energy producers, it makes a whole lot more sense.
President-Elect Trump has narrowed his picks for Energy Secretary to just four individuals, of which Texas Governor Rick Perry appears to be leading the pack. Known for his strong stance on border security and energy independence, Perry met recently with Trump at the Army-Navy football game in Baltimore on Saturday. Also in attendance was another potential candidate, Ray Washburne, a Dallas investor and former chairman for the Republican National Committee.
Trump was also said to be considering two Democrats for the post: Senators Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Joe Manchin of West Virginia. Both of these hail from energy-rich States and would further hurt Democrat arguments that the Trump Administration was not diverse enough. More hurtful would be the ability of the Democrat Party to retain their Senate seats if they were tapped for the position. In discussing Heitkamp’s seat, BloombergPolitics complained: “If a Republican is elected to succeed her in a special election, [her] appointment would rob the narrowly divided Senate of a Democrat.”
Bloomberg Politics reports:
If Trump picks any of the four he’ll break with recent tradition of putting scientists at the top of the Energy Department. Among other things, the agency is responsible for policies on the safe handling of nuclear material and on emerging energy technologies.
The Energy Secretary’s position has recently been filled with scientists sporting multiple degrees, prizes, and awards, as well as a special close relationship with environmentalists, activists and protesters. Under a Perry Department of Energy, projects such as the North Dakota Access and the Keystone Pipelines would be far more likely to find completion, boosting jobs nationwide, and further our own energy independence.
Source: Bloomberg Politics