Congressional Black Caucus Chairwoman Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-OH) sent a letter to President Obama raising concerns regarding what she feels is a lack of diversity in Obama’s recent cabinet selections.
President Obama has filled ten vacancies over three months after several departures at the end of his first term. But with ten top positions filled and only three top jobs left, the President has yet to select anyone Black or Hispanic to fill those positions.
“The people you have chosen to appoint in this new term have hardly been reflective of this country’s diversity,” wrote Fudge, who became the new CBC Chair in January. Over the last three months, Fudge advanced the names of Reps. Mel Watt (D-NC), Jim Clyburn (D-SC) and Barbara Lee (D-CA) to be considered for cabinet positions. At a meeting with White House Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett on February 6, the issue also came up.
“Over the past four years, the CBC has recommended a number of qualified candidates. I am disappointed none have received the consideration they deserve,” Fudge told the President. The Congressional Black Caucus has sent suggestions to the White House since 2009.