Secretary of Commerce Hickenlooper, Anyone?

Sources are discussing today the possibility, as of now very much unconfirmed, that Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper may be offered the job of Secretary of Commerce, replacing former Secretary John Bryson who resigned over the summer due to medical reasons.

This comes to us from a credible source. That said, we’re not at all sure this would be the best move for Hickenlooper career-wise, especially given his rumored higher aspirations. On the other hand, the degree to which Hickenlooper considers an offer would say plenty about how realistic he considered those aspirations.

In any event, it would be quite the Gold Dome shake-up, wouldn’t it?


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  1. davebarnesdavebarnes says:

    I want Hick to be gov for a full 8 years.

    Then, I want him to become Denver Mayor again.

  2. JeffcoBlueJeffcoBlue says:

    I think this would be a happy ending.

  3. parsingreality says:

    While neither light the fires of liberal Dems, far better them than – oops! – any Republican.

    Especially since the reelections of both are almost assured.  

  4. catpuzzle says:

    1. This job strikes me as a strange fit for Hick, generally. He’d certainly not be the first person I’d think of for the job, or even really on the list?

    2. Does Joe Garcia want the job? I assume so, just wondering if if there’s any chance he wouldn’t.

    3. Salazar is known to want the job and this could open the door to a 2014 run (especially since he is moving back to CO). But this could be problematic depending if Garcia does want to keep the job. Any chance he’d step aside?

    4. Hick would have to move to DC for the job – any reason to think he’d want to do that?  

  5. BlueCat says:

    I recall another Colorado Governor who was supposed to be a rising party star and future presidential candidate… Governor Owens. Governors are always coming and going, flavor of the month style, as the next  big presidential thing.  If I were Hick I’d make my decision, should he get the offer, without reference to anything as many political light years away as the 2016 presidential.  

    And since we’ve already elected an ever so very slightly center left Dem President twice in a row now, I don’t see why we have to go center right to win in 2016.  Maybe HRC will let him be Veep. If HRC decides against I’d be looking for the first Latino. Either way Hick, as another pleasantly goofy Veep, would be perfect.

    Unless HRC does run but wants a first Latino Veep all teed up to make some more history. Would a first woman/first Latino ticket be too much at once? Then maybe back to Hick after all. I have a real hard time seeing him (or present goofy veep Biden) as presidential material. Definitely goofy Veep material or Commerce material though.

    Bet he stays as Gov.

  6. Slartibartfast says:

    or at least the possibility of more robust funding for the Federal labs here. Despite three Nobel Prizes (tune in on Dec. 10) from NIST alone, the labs continue to struggle under shrinking budgets.

       The cutting edge science being done (NIST/JILA), the crucial climate data being collected (NOAA) and alternative energy research (NREL) are vital for our country’s national security, weather and climate study and sustainable energy development. Not to mention that the new and better technologies being developed at these labs will ensure we continue to be leaders in technological innovation which, in turn, will enable growing product development and good paying jobs. We starve our federal labs at our own peril.

        A Secretary of Commerce Hickenlooper would at least have a better understanding of what our labs do and the huge contribution they make to our economy, both Colorado’s and the United States’. And that alone would make him a better advocate for more funding than any other secretary we’ve had in the past.

        I’m just sayin….

    If you don’t want it printed, don’t let it happen.

  7. Gorky PulviczekG Pulviczek says:

    I’d be glad to see Gov. Frackenlooper go.  On the other hand, does the Obama Administration really need yet another petroleum-hungry administrator?  We really need people who will help us kick our carbon habit.  The earth is not getting any cooler…

  8. Gray in Mountains says:

    may be a good fit in Commerce and while it may mean he never runs for President I don’t see that as anything that concerns me. The Ds have a deep bench and if one goes off that is fine. He does have 4 years to prove himself. If he wants the WH he can begin campaigning for it in 30 months. But, if HRC wants it, or Cuomo, or others then he really doesn’t stand a chance anyway

  9. OrangeFreeOrangeFree says:

    He’ll stay Gov, mop the floor with whoever runs against him in 2014 and then wade in to the 2016 presidential only to pull back and be put on the short list for VP with whoever gets the nomination. Why take Commerce when you have that in your future?

    That is, unless Obama had some unspoken agreement with Clinton that after 8 years, he clear the way for her smooth nomination…

  10. MADCO says:

    Hick has zero name recognition outside Colorado.  hell- I’m not sure he’s that well known outside Denver Boulder.

    So that means a run for the top would hard. Wayy harder than Bill Richardson or Frank Dodd- yes, they were both in the hunt wayyyy back in 07.

    D’s got a deep bench – lot’s of governors out there I like for 16 : Beebe, Patrick, Schweitzer, Cuomo, Gregoire,

    And a mayor or two – love Hizzoners Booker and Villaraigosa.  Even some Senators I could see –  Warner, Gillibrand.

    I’m going to say this just once – HRC cannot win. She has a list of enemies 10 miles long.  I don’t fully understand why so many hate her so much as they  do – but they do.  Put her on the Court.

    As for our governor Hick… I wouldna though Governor Napolitano for her gig- but she’s done well.  So I don’t see him as a cabinet member – but …who knows?

    As for Secretary gigs that open a door higher ….why didn’t Richardson get more …juice?  Why won’t  Sibelius get taken more seriously? IDK- but they don’t.

    As for Colorado.

    I don’t know the rule.  If Hick goes, does the Lt Gov get the gig until regularly scheduled programming resumes?  Great-  because about 1000 voters could name that guy today, including his family.

    If Ken Salazar is really coming back – great, I like that guy a lot. And we know he can win statewide.

    Whatever happened to David Skaggs? I always thought he was a level headed talent- until he just vanished.

    That said- the D’s biggest concern at most  levels is who/how the R’s put up.  If we see more ez to not love Maes/Romney/Bobs/Tancredo candidates- it’s a lot easier to win.  If we see responsible statesmen (trust me- they’re out there) it gets a lot harder in a hurry.

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