Saturday, December 6, 2008

Secretary of Housing and Urban Development?

If President-elect Obama can reach out to Hill, Bill and assorted Republicans, I hope he will reach out to John Edwards.

For all my joshing in 2007 and 2008, the fact is that John Edwards is an inspirational leader and a super-capable innovator.

Of course, I do not condone what he did. The deceit he pulled on his supporters and the pain he must have caused his family.

But we are in a crucial moment in our country's history. We need every pair of hands we can get.

There are politicians who have come before, and have committed far worse deeds. John didn't start an illegal war. He does not have blood on his hands.

In this time of everyone uniting for the common good, let's forgive and move on. I truly hope that John is made the new Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.

As the post below reminds us (from, HUD was one of John's areas of specialty during his Presidential Campaign. And goodness knows, we need someone who can lead from the front to help get all of us out of the current housing mess.

Barack, pay heed. John, good luck!


"Former Democratic Senator and current 2008 Presidential Candidate John Edwards says his proposal to “radically overhaul” HUD, in part by eliminating at least 1,500 jobs, would improve the lives of millions of people in public housing.

On his
website, John Edwards has called the Department of Housing and Urban Development a “Symbol of bureaucracy and mismanagement.”

Also, in a quest to reduce the number of employees as HUD “by at least 1,500″, Edward’s wants to institute state-run regional authorities.

Finally, Edwards also says HUD should reduce its use of contractors. The candidate says reliance on contractors contributes to “cronyism” at the agency.