Brown mum on reports about Cabinet job

Obama's Transition

November 25, 2008|By Gadi Dechter | Gadi Dechter,gadi.dechter@baltsun.com

Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown refused yesterday to confirm or deny reports that he is being vetted by President-elect Barack Obama's transition team for the leadership of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

"My focus is really on the work of the transition," Brown said after serving a Thanksgiving meal to homeless veterans at the downtown Maryland Center for Veterans Education and Training. Brown, a Democrat from Prince George's County, is co-chairman of the president-elect's committee overseeing veterans policy.

Michael Raia, a Brown spokesman, pointed out that yesterday's appearance was not timed to coincide with speculation that Brown, a veteran of the Persian Gulf War, is being considered for a Cabinet position.

Earlier, Gov. Martin O'Malley said he wouldn't fault Brown or other members of his administration for considering jobs in Washington. "If the incoming president, in his search for the best people he can find, taps some people in Maryland, you can't begrudge him or those people either," O'Malley said.

Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, a Baltimore Democrat who co-chaired the Obama campaign in Maryland, said he had not spoken with Brown about the Cabinet post and doesn't know whether the lieutenant governor wants it.

"I believe if he is truly interested in getting it, he has a good chance because of his background," Cummings said. "Obama knows him, and I think that he would certainly have the support of people like me and our entire congressional delegation."

Baltimore Sun reporters Brent Jones and Paul West contributed to this article.

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