Biden Nominated Last Year’s Least Popular Governor For Commerce Secretary

Biden Nominated Last Year’s Least Popular Governor For Commerce Secretary


President-elect Joe Biden is planning to tap Rhode Island Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo for commerce secretary, rescuing the New England governor from suffering some of the worst popularity ratings in the country.

The New York Times reported Raimondo as Biden’s pick, citing a person familiar with the incoming president’s decision, which has not yet been publicly announced.

News: Biden is set to tap @GinaRaimondo for Commerce, per Dem familiar w the pick.

— Jonathan Martin (@jmartNYT) January 7, 2021

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Raimondo, while characterized as “a rising star” in the Democratic Party, ended 2020 as the third most unpopular governor in the country, according to the Morning Consult, with only a 35 percent approval rating compared to a 55 percent disapproval rating. Raimondo’s high unpopularity puts her neck-and-neck with Kentucky Republican Gov. Matt Bevin, who suffers from a 34-55 percent approval/disapproval, barely edging out Hawaii Democratic Gov. David Ige with a 32-58 percent rating.

Raimondo’s trip to a wine

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