The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on December 12, 1976 · Page 242
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 242

West Palm Beach, Florida
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Sunday, December 12, 1976
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A18-Palm Beach Post-Times, Sunday, December 12, 1976 Cabinet From Page ! ' ' "luifianrixmr it ij'ii H nii V highly visible, if perhaps less ultimately prestigious, posts that Carter can use in seeking the balance of new and old, conventional and unconventional that was implied in his campaign. These include director of the Central Intelligence Agency, head of the Federal Energy Agency and ambassador to the United mm Carter is known to be leaning, for example, to naming a black to the United Nations post as a signal to both American, blacks and the rest of the world of a new hand at the wheel. He already has offered the job to Rep, Andrew Young, who rejected it, and some insiders believe Barbara Jordan may be the final choice. f , f j u is offering this great i COUPON SPECIAL I i loom ua is understood to be among those on the "short list" for Carter's consideration that also may include Vernon Jordan and Alice Rivlin, director of the Congressional Budget Office, and, of course, Schultze. Housing and Urban Development This is the Cabinet post often considered most likely to go to a black, so Jordan is high on every list. Some transition sources say, however, that the president-elect has yet to focus his attention here and may not do so until he sees what is necessary to achieve the final balance. Transportation Rep. Brock Adams, a Washington Democrat, wants the assignment and is expected to get it. 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Cyrus Vance was on everyone's list for secretary of state from the moment he endorsed Carter's candidacy way back before the New York primary last spring. Perhaps more important, however, is the fact that Carter is finding so many of these insiders personally so impressive. The one figure in the speculation now considered most certain for a major appointment is Charles Scliultze of the Brookings Institution, a former budget director. Several sources in a position to know say Carter has been ovei whelmed, if that is possible in his case, by how much Schultze knows about the inner workings of the entire government. Another, perhaps less compelling pressure, is the advice he is getting from those lately moved into his inner circle. It is known, for example, that Vice President-elect Walter Mondale has been the prime sponsor of Hep. Bob Bergland, another Minnesota Democrat, for secretary of agriculture. And Vance has been giving similar support to Michael Blumenthal, chaii man of the Bendix Corp., for the portfolios at either defense or treasury. Indeed, if Blumenthal does not get one of those, he virtually is certain to be asked to serve under Vance as undersecretary for economic affairs, according to those in positions to know. Carter's problems in working out the proper mix in his Cabinet also are compounded by the pressure he is feeling to choose women and blacks fur prestige positions and not just a token in either case. The last Democrat entering the White House in such a transition, John F. Kennedy in 1961, was under no corresponding pressure because there were far fewer obviously qualified blacks and far less militancy among women. One result of these pressures is a rough consensus that the new attorney general is certain to be a black or a woman or, more likely, Hep. Barbara Jordan, who is both. If that is nut done, the theory goes, none of the "major" Cabinet posts will have gone to either group unless there is something in the works on treasury or defense that has not yet surfaced. Carter does have some other options in trying to fulfill his commitment to women and minorities. He might, for example, choose more people from both groups for the so-called "Cabinet-level" jobs that don't entail running a department or for the sub-Cabinet posts. But whether such a strategy will wash is uncertain. Based on the names being run by key chairman on Capitol Hill and being discussed most pr ominently by others in positions to know, here is the current rundown on the shape of the Carter Cabinet. State Vance already chosen. Defense The favorite is Harold R. Brown, the president of California Institute of Technology and a former secretary of the Air Force. But Blumenthal or Bendix and Schultze are also considered possibilities, as are former Defense Secretary James H. Schlesinger and another onetime assistant secretary, Paul Warnke. Treasury Blumenthal and Schultze are the leading possibilities. Hubert V. Hoosa, an investment banker who might be more re-assuring to conservatives, also is being considered. Justice Three blacks are considered leaders: Hep. Jordan, Patricia Hobeit Harris and A. Leon Higgin-botham, a federal judge in Philadelphia. Some sources say John Doar, an assistant in the Kennedy years, is a possibility; others think it more likely he will be chosen to head the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Interior The favorite, if Carter follows the tradition of choosing a westerner, is Gov. Cecil Andrus of Idaho. But agents of the presidentelect also have been passing the word about such others as Hep. Morris Udall, whose brother once held the same job, and Bob Armstrong, the Texas land commissioner and, more to the point, the only Democratic politician of note in that state to support Carter in the Texas primary. Agriculture Bergland, the Minnesota congressman with a reputation for extraordinary expertise, is a likely choice, although others, including Hep. Neal Smith of Iowa, still are under consideration. Commerce Carter is under stood to be leaning to Jane Cahill Pfeiffer, who was forced by anti-nepotism rules to retire as a vice president of International Business Machines Corp. after she married another IBM vice president. A prominent black, Vernon Jordan of the National Urban League, also has been mentioned Labor Big labor, meaning George Moany, is less interested in new laces than reliable ones, and most although not all union leaders have been supporting John Dunlop, who held the same post for more than a year under President Ford. But Dunlop is being assailed by women's and black groups as lacking a commitment to "affirmative action" programs against discrimination, so Carter is caught in a bind. 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