Obama’s Labor Secretary Hilda Solis resigns

posted at 6:11 pm on January 9, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

In something of a surprise move, the White House announced earlier today that Department of Labor Secretary Hilda Solis is resigning from her post:

In a statement, President Obama thanked the former Southern California congresswoman for her long career in public service, calling her a “tireless champion for working families.”

“Over the last four years, Secretary Solis has been a critical member of my economic team as we have worked to recover from the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression and strengthen the economy for the middle class,” Obama said. “Her efforts have helped train workers for the jobs of the future, protect workers’ health and safety and put millions of Americans back to work.” …

Solis was one of five female Cabinet secretaries, and one of two Latinos, along with Interior Secretary Ken Salazar. Three other women hold Cabinet-level positions, including the departing EPA administrator, Lisa Jackson.

No word yet on anyone being definitely considered to fill the position, but the White House may need to tread carefully on that one amid criticisms recently swirling around the Obama administration’s range of senior-level diversity:

Obama will be under pressure to replace Solis and other members of cabinet who are leaving with female candidates, following complaints that his selections so far have shown insufficient diversity.

Carney insisted however on Wednesday that women were key players at the top of the president’s inner circle, after a front page photo in the New York Times ruffled the White House by showing Obama surrounded by male advisors.

“Women are well represented in the president’s senior staff here. Two of the three deputies, deputy chiefs of staff, are women. The White House counsel is a woman. A woman runs Homeland Security for this country, Secretary (Janet) Napolitano.”

On that note, the White House did confirm that a few of Obama’s lieutenants will be sticking around for at least awhile yet, although LaHood’s fate is still up in the air:

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is not among a group of Cabinet officials the White House said Wednesday was staying on the job in President Obama’s second term.

The White House has confirmed that Attorney General Eric Holder, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki will continue to serve in their respective posts.

Missing from the list is LaHood, who said previously that he was retiring after Obama’s first term, but has appeared in recent weeks to backtrack.

President Obama’s picks to head up his second-term national security team are in for what will surely be a testy confirmation battle, but I’m still eagerly wondering who he will select for his second-term energy-and-environment team. We’re waiting on whether Interior Secretary Salazar will ‘decide’ to stay or to go, but EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson is definitely on the way out and Energy Secretary Steven Chu very probably is; who President Obama picks as their replacements will likely be a pretty good indicator of the direction in which he intends to take his energy policy over the next few years, which will have heavy repercussions for our economy in general:

“When the Obama team came in the first go around, there was great hope that the president would be transformative and really try to shift the energy policy much more heavily towards renewables,” Charles Ebinger, an energy policy expert at the Brookings Institution in Washington, said in an interview.

Instead, the growth of hydraulic fracturing to drill for oil and gas in shale rock formations is offering a “unique opportunity to revitalize the American economy and reinvigorate American manufacturing,” Ebinger said. …

“The whole paradigm has shifted over the last four years,” Stephen Brown, a lobbyist for Tesoro Corp. (TSO), which is based in San Antonio, Texas, said in an interview. The administration needs to “figure out how not to get in the way of this,” he said. …

“He needs a couple of people at the top who can go out and sell the message that we really are at a situation now where we can reduce our oil import dependency if we move to develop these unconventional resources,” he said. “I think he needs a salesman or a saleswoman.”


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buh-bye

she did her duty making obama look good with the crappy job numbers

cmsinaz on January 9, 2013 at 6:16 PM

Another Women down.

Obama better find some binders full of Women.

How many women have quit this administration now?

There seems to be a pattern of women fleeing this white house.

portlandon on January 9, 2013 at 6:16 PM

Here comes Tony Villar!

Oil Can on January 9, 2013 at 6:17 PM

holder is staying????

why not, getting away with murder, let it ride

cmsinaz on January 9, 2013 at 6:17 PM

Jennifer Granholm is looking for a job. She’d be perfect to round out Obama’s group of hacks, dandies and incompetents.

Curtiss on January 9, 2013 at 6:18 PM

Curtiss on January 9, 2013 at 6:18 PM

THIS

cmsinaz on January 9, 2013 at 6:18 PM

Will she go on unemployment to help stimulate the economy?

Rich H on January 9, 2013 at 6:19 PM

I think he will appoint one of his illegitimate NLRB appointees once SCOTUS throws them out.

Charlemagne on January 9, 2013 at 6:20 PM

With all these resignations, I’m wondering what these people know that we aren’t being told. Is there something, some whispers they’re hearing, that could end their careers or put them in prison later if they stick around?

Liam on January 9, 2013 at 6:20 PM

On Friday, Bark will have his new labor secretary, Karen Lewis, brought before the cameras by a front-end loader to accept the nomination.

Bishop on January 9, 2013 at 6:21 PM

In something of a surprise move, the White House announced earlier today that Department of Labor Secretary Hilda Solis is resigning from her post:

By Obamas own standards…doesn’t this make him both Racist and Sexist?

Tim_CA on January 9, 2013 at 6:21 PM

And what about Joy Behar and Oprah. Come on.

And Janeane Garofalo isn’t doing anything important.

Curtiss on January 9, 2013 at 6:22 PM

Karen Lewis, brought before the cameras by a front-end loader to accept the nomination.

Bishop on January 9, 2013 at 6:21 PM

LMAO:

cross-thread Hilarity.

(well played)

Tim_CA on January 9, 2013 at 6:22 PM

My replacement prediction—> Trumpka,

Mr. Arrogant on January 9, 2013 at 6:23 PM

Is Trumka on the list of possible hires?

newportmike on January 9, 2013 at 6:27 PM

The nominee should be the most qualified, obviously – Richard Trumka (AFL-CIO President).

I mean, while the Prez is going for the In-Your-Eye Award of the Year for his cabinet nominations, why not go all the way?

IndieDogg on January 9, 2013 at 6:30 PM

Obama will be under pressure to replace Solis and other members of cabinet who are leaving with female competent candidates, following complaints that his selections so far have shown insufficient diversity.

FIFY. That would definitely fill a checkbox he’s ignored so far.

CapnObvious on January 9, 2013 at 6:30 PM

Are we still believing that Obama will have these appointees voted on? Or do we just understand that they will just be added to the Royal Court.

LoganSix on January 9, 2013 at 6:31 PM

in TEATERMERICA maybe she will be named MOTHER OF THE YEAR.

The world is upside down.

PappyD61 on January 9, 2013 at 6:34 PM

Like rats fleeing a burning building.

Philly on January 9, 2013 at 6:34 PM

as we have worked to recover from the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression

Obysmal turns to the WH phrase-generator for more sure-fire statements meant to impress the media with his wordsmithing.

onlineanalyst on January 9, 2013 at 6:39 PM

I’m struggling to think of why we have a Labor Secretary. It’s firmly in the same bucket as the Dept. of Energy and Dept. of Edjooomakashun.

Yeah, that bucket.

CorporatePiggy on January 9, 2013 at 6:39 PM

Jennifer Granholm is looking for a job. She’d be perfect to round out Obama’s group of hacks, dandies and incompetents.

Curtiss on January 9, 2013 at 6:18 PM

Yeah, Granholm did such remarkable wonders for Michigan’s job numbers.

onlineanalyst on January 9, 2013 at 6:41 PM

What is Hilda’s golden parachute?

Look at Jack Lew’s before he joined the Obysmal staff at the time of the greatest downturn since the Great Depression:

The Washington Times ^ | Jim McElhatton

Jacob J. Lew, President Obama’s presumed choice to lead the Treasury Department, has close ties to Wall Street, receiving more than $900,000 in bonus cash from a division of Citigroup just as the company was getting bailed out by U.S. taxpayers. The arrangement, previously reported by The Washington Times, received little scrutiny after Mr. Lew joined the Obama administration in 2009, first as a deputy in the State Department and later as Mr. Obama’s budget chief and chief of staff. Mr. Obama has criticized hefty bonuses paid out to Wall Street executives

onlineanalyst on January 9, 2013 at 6:46 PM

After all the jobs she’s saved??? By putting more Americans on welfare??? How can this be!

2lbsTest on January 9, 2013 at 7:10 PM

Obama will be under pressure to replace Solis and other members of cabinet who are leaving with female candidates, following complaints that his selections so far have shown insufficient diversity.

Gee, where is he going to find another career communist?

I’m glad to see her go and after antics at DoL, I bet the staffers are glad to see the back side of her too.

dogsoldier on January 9, 2013 at 7:11 PM

Good riddance to Solis. Maybe Obama will hire me to replace her. I’m a woman and understand labor (having given birth twice).

LASue on January 9, 2013 at 7:24 PM

And with that, the mean IQ of the cabinet increased by about 50 points.

Centerfire on January 9, 2013 at 7:35 PM

The nominee should be the most qualified, obviously – Richard Trumka (AFL-CIO President).

I mean, while the Prez is going for the In-Your-Eye Award of the Year for his cabinet nominations, why not go all the way?

IndieDogg on January 9, 2013 at 6:30 PM

I’ve got Jimmy Hoffa Jr. in this pool.

Steve Eggleston on January 9, 2013 at 7:39 PM

LASue on January 9, 2013 at 7:24 PM

rofl..:)

Dire Straits on January 9, 2013 at 7:40 PM

After all the jobs she’s saved??? By putting more Americans on welfare??? How can this be!

2lbsTest on January 9, 2013 at 7:10 PM

Apparently you haven’t been paying attention. Welfare is a job these days.

Well, I shouldn’t say ‘these days’..being on the Government Tit has been a way of life for some for about 45 years or so…

Being a mooch is just more mainstream these days.

BigWyo on January 9, 2013 at 7:40 PM

Who will be added to…

The Post Turtle’s Post Turtle Cabinet

Resist We Much on January 9, 2013 at 7:58 PM

And Janeane Garofalo isn’t doing anything important.

Curtiss on January 9, 2013 at 6:22 PM

That’s not exactly a big life change for her.

Resist We Much on January 9, 2013 at 7:59 PM

The local tv station here in NH says that Senator Jeanne Shaheen (Communist) should be the pick, I wholeheartedly agree, get her the heck out of the Senate and we get to replace her and the way this crazy state has gone recently (switch back and forth red to blue) we stand a chance to get a R back in the seat.

D-fusit on January 9, 2013 at 8:01 PM

Will she go on unemployment to help stimulate the economy?

Rich H on January 9, 2013 at 6:19 PM

I wouldn’t worry about Solis. No doubt her buddies at La Raza have some cushy, high-paying sinecure waiting for her. They owe her for all she did for them during her government “service.”

AZCoyote on January 9, 2013 at 8:23 PM

I’ve got Jimmy Hoffa Jr. in this pool.

Steve Eggleston on January 9, 2013 at 7:39 PM

I’ll bet they’d like to dig up Sr.

trigon on January 9, 2013 at 8:32 PM

…why?…why?…why are they ALL so ugly?

KOOLAID2 on January 9, 2013 at 8:41 PM

“Over the last four years, Secretary Solis has been a critical member of my economic team” — Obama

Yeah, there’s high praise.

tom on January 9, 2013 at 8:42 PM

So, what’re the odds that this woman will be replaced by another old white guy?

tom on January 9, 2013 at 8:43 PM

Karen Lewis, brought before the cameras by a front-end loader to accept the nomination.

Bishop on January 9, 2013 at 6:21 PM

LMAO:

cross-thread Hilarity.

(well played)

Tim_CA on January 9, 2013 at 6:22 PM

Not just well played. Almost frighteningly appropriate. As a teacher’s union pick for Labor Secretary, it’s astonishing how may boxes could be checked.

tom on January 9, 2013 at 8:46 PM

Obama will be under pressure to replace Solis and other members of cabinet who are leaving with female competent candidates, following complaints that his selections so far have shown insufficient diversity.

FIFY. That would definitely fill a checkbox he’s ignored so far.

CapnObvious on January 9, 2013 at 6:30 PM

Don’t toy with me. That’s not really a checkbox.

tom on January 9, 2013 at 8:48 PM

The Sac Bee says she is vying for a seat on the LA County Board of Supervisors.Me thinks she has bigger fish to fry other than a measley BOS seat.Mayor of LA possibly, or giving Moonbeam a run for his money for Governor in ’14? One thing is for sure, she is huddling with Tony Villar as we speak.

jeffinsjvca on January 9, 2013 at 10:17 PM

So what’s the over/under on when scandalous information comes out? 2 weeks? End of month? Feb report on Jan numbers and “corrections for previous months?

Something stinks, all these position changes are done overlapping each other. Then again it is a PR administration, whereby nothing is left to stew for long. Think they learned from the BP spill, where their tactics can be used against them.

John Kettlewell on January 10, 2013 at 12:58 AM

This other news was covered by Fox and Friends this morning, and I can’t find it so here is a link from an internet article.

http://freebeacon.com/national-labor-rico-board/

There is too much money floating around in unions. Unions ought to be non profit, and have to return what’s left of their ill gotten gains to the Workers at the end of every year, like they propose for Health Insurance companies.

Fleuries on January 10, 2013 at 8:50 AM

The sad thing is these hacks go through the revolving door, and use the experience as a springboard to other lucrative/powerful/elite positions. No merit, only superficial fluff. This is the height of entitlement.

freedomfirst on January 10, 2013 at 11:55 AM

From The Obama Timeline:

Solis, the daughter of Mexican and Nicaraguan immigrants, is firmly in the union camp and has been an advocate of easing restrictions on illegal immigrants. She is politically to the far left and has addressed the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) and sent a representative from her office to a worker’s rights forum held by Socialist International. Solis supports expanding the H-1B visa program that lets U.S. companies hire tens of thousands of foreign workers in jobs like software design (which could just as easily be performed by Americans). In 2009 Solis paid $6,400 to settle tax liens against her husband’s business—the day before Solis’ nomination was to be considered by a Senate committee. Solis supports organized labor’s “card check bill” (the Employee Free Choice Act), which would eliminate the right to a secret ballot in union organizing drives, yet she was upset that the election of the head of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus was not held by secret ballot.

During her tenure at the Department of Labor, Solis appeared in a “We Can Help” public service announcement directed to illegal immigrants in which she stated, “You have the right to be paid fairly. …it is a serious problem when workers in this country are not being paid every cent they earn. Remember, every worker in America has a right to be paid fairly, whether documented or not. So, call us. It is free and confidential, at 1-866-487-9243. We can help.” As a congresswoman, Solis opposed beefing up the border fence, supported expansion of illegal alien benefits (including driver’s licenses and in-state tuition discounts), endorsed “sanctuary cities,” and pushed for illegal immigrant amnesty. Upon joining the Department of Labor, Solis “showed her support for American labor” by skipping the black limousine the job provided and ordering a new Chevrolet Equinox—apparently unaware the vehicle is manufactured in Canada. Despite the fact that illegal immigrants cannot work in the United States, Solis had the Labor Department take part in workshops held by the Mexican Consulate in 50 U.S. cities at which illegal aliens were counseled on their rights and told how to obtain an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) from the IRS.

To boost Obama’s “green jobs” numbers, Solis had the Department of Labor go so far as to count bus drivers who operate hybrid vehicles and diesel mechanics. In 2012 Solis’ department released a smart-phone and mobile application to warn workers when it is hot. The “Heat Safety Tool” displays a “risk level” when it gets too hot and humid—as if the workers can’t figure that out for themselves. (The application cost the taxpayers $643,997.60 to develop.) During the 2012 campaign Solis mocked Ann Romney, saying, “Michelle Obama is a fine example of what the women are in our society. Those working moms that have had to work so hard now, stretch their dollars, and may not even be able to move up in the workplace if their wages haven’t kept up. That’s what we’re fighting for… so they can put money away to save. Many women aren’t able to do that and that may not be the case with the nominee—the potential nominee for the Republican Party’s spouse—but I’m just telling you that that’s what I’m hearing day in and day out.”

Colony14 on January 10, 2013 at 2:28 PM