Of all the cabinet picks that Joe Biden has announced over the past few weeks, his selection of Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo for the Commerce Department has to be one of the strangest. We’ve covered our fair share of stories about Raimondo here in the past and few of them paint her in a very flattering light. Whether you’re talking about her history of handling economic matters in her own state (which would certainly seem relevant for a job at Commerce), her authoritarian impulses that surfaced during the pandemic, or her dubious dealings leading to investigations over possible corruption, the Governor hasn’t exactly covered herself in glory during her five years as the Ocean State’s chief executive. And, as the Free Beacon pointed out this week, she’s traditionally been among the least popular governors in the nation, at least until the pandemic hit.
President-elect Joe Biden tapped Rhode Island governor Gina Raimondo (D.) for commerce secretary Thursday, seemingly unconcerned by her low approval ratings and the administrative scandals that transpired during her time in office.
Raimondo, the third least-popular governor in the United States prior to the pandemic, is slated to take the helm of the Commerce Department later this month. In an announcement Thursday, Biden lauded Raimondo for being the first woman to hold the office of Rhode Island governor and boasted of her work to lower the state’s unemployment rate.
Costly missteps have tainted Raimondo’s tenure as governor.
I understand that Joe Biden has been under tremendous pressure to fill his cabinet with as many women and minorities as possible. A failure to do so would have seen the socialist mobs demanding his scalp even sooner than they’re still likely to do in an effort to get Kamala Harris into the Oval Office by the back door. But surely there were better choices out there than Raimondo, weren’t there?