A leading Hispanic group said Tuesday that Joseph R. Biden, the presumptive president-elect, must name at least five Hispanics to his Cabinet in a nod to the diversity of the coalition that powered him in last week’s election.
The demand by the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials is a dramatic early marker in what is shaping up to be a nasty fight among branches of the Democratic coalition over who will occupy positions of power with a new administration.
NALEO President Ricardo Lara said that in addition to the Cabinet posts, the group wants a Hispanic quota for the more than 4,000 political appointees in a Biden administration. Given the economic situation, the coronavirus crisis and other pressing needs, the community needs to have a significant voice, he said.
“A key way to do that is by appointing Latinos to at least five Cabinet-level positions and at least 29% of positions throughout the administration,” he said.