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Hispanic Coalition Offers Wish List for Obama Cabinet

Jan. 22, 2013

Staff -- HispanicBusiness

U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva
U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva

Hispanic leaders have provided President Obama with a wish list of Hispanics to fill Cabinet positions, sources are reporting.

Thirty groups under the aegis of the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda (NHLA) have sent a letter to the president to request he appoint three Hispanics to Cabinet-level positions in his second term.

The letter lists 19 possible candidates, including U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz.; Cesar Conde, Univision Communications president; and Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina, according to the Wall Street Journal.

In December, a group of 238 environmental and ethics groups recommended Rep. Grijalva for secretary of Interior.

The recommendations bear added urgency with the recent departures of Labor Secretary Hilda Solis and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar.

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"I can't tell you who, but I know for sure that there are some (Hispanics) that are being actively considered for positions in the cabinet," Brent Wilkes, executive director of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), told VOXXI.

LULAC is one of the groups in the coalition. Others include the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) and the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA).

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