In a letter signed by 32 members of Congress, including Texas Democrat Joaquin Castro, a Caucasian president, Biden praises Biden, who selected Cuban-born Alejandro Mayorkas, the first Latin and first immigrant to be nominated for the Homeland Security Secretariat, and said it was “good.” start “for Latin representation.
But the letter notes that the Latin population is incredibly diverse, pointing to statistics showing that Mexican Americans make up more than 60% of the American Latin population, and suggests that Lujan Grisham, of Mexican American descent, be considered. the role of the final cabinet.
Shortly after the Democratic presidential election came to an end and it became clear that Biden would be the candidate, he faced pressure from activists to choose Latina as his running mate. Lujan Grisham, the first Latin Democratic governor of the United States, was one of two likely candidates to be considered before Biden elected the Kamala Senate in California, America’s first female, first black, and first elected South Asian vice president.
Lujan Grisham dismissed CNN Don Lemon’s Tuesday question on “CNN Tonight” to see if he would be investigated for the position.
“While it’s incredibly honorable and flattering that my colleagues can see the ground work and know that I have 40 years of comprehensive health experience, I’m focused on making life in New Mexico,” he said.
Lujan Grisham would get into the role of the cabinet overseeing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and, with experience, play a key role in the country’s response to the coronavirus epidemic. Before becoming governor in 2019, he was Secretary of Health for New Mexico from 2003 to 2007. In the early months of the pandemic, the focus was on tackling the Covid-19 crisis in New Mexico, and the first governors issued a home residence order and closed schools across the country as the epidemic broke out across the country.
Lujan Grisham also has common experience with the elected president. Her sister died of brain cancer, the same disease that killed Biden’s son, Beau. When elected to Representative District 1 of New Mexico between 2013 and 2018, Lujan Grisham said in an interview that the death of his sister had launched his mission for affordable health care.
The Biden-Harris ad hoc group did not respond immediately to the request for comments.
This story was updated on CNN with comments from Lujan Grisham.