With the resignation of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today, former U.S. Rep. Jim Oberstar (D-MN8), the former House Transportation Chair and Iron Range political veteran, is being mentioned as a potential successor. Oberstar was mentioned four years ago as well, but passed in order to keep his chairmanship. After his 2010 re-election defeat, he finds himself available for service this time around.
Rachel Stassen-Berger of the Star Tribune spoke with Oberstar. He expresses interest in the job, but admits that it’s likely that the Obama adminstration is looking elsewhere to balance out the demographics of the cabinet.