Update 12/12 : Another Endorsement for Grijalva – Rep. Grace Napolitano backs Grijalva
Update 12/12 : Another strong Endorsement for Grijalva – Raul Grijalva Great Choice of Secretary of Interior – Howard Shanker – Huffington Post :
Once the land is gone or ruined, it cannot be bailed out by throwing money at it. The Secretary of Interior needs to be committed to the effective and comprehensive management of public lands. Grijalva understands this need and stands ready to fill the currently existing void in responsible federal land management.
It looks as though Grijalva’s still in the running for Interior and building support with 7 Arizona tribes endorsing him for Interior in an open letter to the transition team.
Nancy Pelosi looks to be weighing in, dangling a choice Ways and Means Committee seat in front of Grijalva, granting her pick for Interior, Blue Dog Democrat Mike Thompson, an opening should Grijalva take the seat. That might pull Grijalva away from the Natural Resources Committee and end his Chairmanship of the Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands should he decide to make the switch, a quick wikipedia search :
Members of the Ways and Means Committee cannot serve on any other House Committees, though they can apply for a waiver from their party’s congressional leadership.
I hope that’s one of those wikipedia things… It’d be a huge loss to our environment, a potential loss prompting Grijalva’s hometown Tucson Citizen to tell Speaker Pelosi to ‘Pound Salt’. Fortunately, newly elected Arizona state-representative Daniel Patterson suggests he wants to stay fighting for the environment:
“We are not giving up the fight for Interior, and will not take Ways and Means (Committee) as consolation. We’ll stay on Natural Resources (Committee). The fight is still alive,” says a source close to the respected Congressman.
Things are looking up – a huge coalition of people and groups spanning the responsibilities relevant to the Department of Interior (60 prominant conservation biologists & environmental scientists, 130 grassroots groups, a host of native american tribes, the territorial delegation, the Head of the House Natural Resource Committee, etc.) has come out of the wood-work and thrown their shoulder behind a Grijalva appointment – even some of the National Greens are said to be lobbying on his behalf (behind the scenes). Demarcated Landscape’s got it right – It’s Like having election jitters all over again.