In 2010 top House Democrat Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) called on businesses to boycott his own state of Arizona.
Rep. Raul Grijalva (R-AZ), a top House Socialist, later defended his calls to boycott his own state.
Now a coalition of 238 environmental, ethnic and others sent a letter to Barack Obama urging him to pick socialist leader Rep. Raúl Grijalva as the next interior secretary.
The Arizona Daily Star reported:
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A coalition of 238 environmental, ethnic and other groups sent a letter to President Obama Monday recommending Rep. Raúl Grijalva as the next interior secretary.
Additionally, a petition on WhiteHouse.gov urging Obama to appoint Grijalva to the post had 1,474 signatures as of Monday afternoon.
Grijalva, who was considered a leading contender for the post four years ago, when Ken Salazar was appointed, could not be reached for comment.
He is now seen as one of several possible candidates to succeed Salazar, if Salazar steps down, which isn’t definite but is widely expected.
Other possible candidates whose names have been dropped in the media include retiring Rep. Norm Dicks from Washington, former Sen. Byron Dorgan from North Dakota, former Wyoming Gov. Dave Freudenthal and outgoing Washington Gov. Christine Gregoire, all Democrats.
The groups supporting Grijalva include conservation, Hispanic, recreation, animal welfare, religious, labor, youth, business and women’s groups.