Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders said he has talked to the Biden transition team about becoming the labor secretary in the new administration.
Last week, Sanders said that he would be willing to accept the position if President-elect Joe Biden asked, but on CNN’s State of the Union, Sanders confirmed that he was seeking the position.
“Have you had any conversations with anyone from the Biden transition team about a possible Cabinet post?” Jake Tapper asked on Sunday.
“I talked to the Biden administration,” Sanders said. “I want to do my best in whatever capacity, as a senator or in the administration, to protect the working families in this country.”
On Wednesday, a longtime labor leader told CNN that Sanders had been reaching out to labor leaders seeking their support in his bid for the Cabinet position, including Richard Trumka, the president of the AFL-CIO flight attendants union.
On Sunday, Sara Nelson, the president of the Association of Flight Attendants, told NBC News that Sanders had also reached out to her for support — and that she was happy to give it.
“He doesn’t just understand labor and advocate for working people, he grounds his life in the labor ideals of solidarity, equity, and leaving no one behind,” Nelson said. “Bernie understands that you can’t have a strong democracy or a thriving economy without a strong labor movement and power for working people to get a fair share of the value our labor creates.”
Progressives have been reaching out to the Biden camp since well before the election, urging the former vice president to diversify his administration and select people who would shift the ideological balance leftward, according to the Atlantic. But with Republicans poised to retain control of the Senate, pending two runoff elections in Georgia, garnering enough support in the upper chamber to confirm left-leaning picks could prove difficult.
Author: Tyler Van Dyke
Source: Washington Examiner: Bernie Sanders seeking labor secretary position in Biden administration