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   No Southerners yet in Obama Cabinet

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12/14/2008 5:00 am

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Entered 12/15/2008, Updated 12/15/2008

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Barack Obama is 15 picks into his Cabinet — he announced New Yorker Shaun Donovan as his Housing and Urban Development head on Saturday—but has yet to name one who hails from the South. "Not a one," grumbles a one senior Democratic aide who hails from the South. "Not even half of one, unless you count Hillary Clinton, and she doesn't count because she's not even an Arkansan anymore. She's a Yankee." To be fair, the official voice of the White House will come with a Southern drawl: Robert Gibbs, Obama’s soon-to-be press secretary, is an Alabama native. But going back to at least John F. Kennedy, every other new president has populated his initial Cabinet with one or more Southerners. Former Texas Gov. George W. Bush included at least three Southerners in his first Cabinet: Donald Evans at Commerce and Rod Paige at Education and Florida’s Mel Martinez at Housing and Urban Development. So why hasn’t Obama – who picked up 55 Electoral College votes in North Carolina, Virginia nad Florida – rewarded the region with a Cabinet secretary of its own?


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