Two prominent East Bay residents are being touted as possible replacements for US Labor Secretary Hilda Solis who resigned Wednesday — Congresswoman Barbara Lee and Maria Echaveste, a lecturer at UC Berkeley law school who was President Clinton's deputy chief of staff. Echaveste also is married to Berkeley Law School Dean Christopher Edley Jr.
Clinton's labor secretary, Robert Reich, also teaches at Cal.is urging President Obama to select Lee, SF Gate reported today. And the National Journal named Echaveste as one of the possible choices. Obama is under intense pressure from liberals to select a woman and/or a person of color for his cabinet after a Washington Post story earlier this week noted that his second-term cabinet looks to be dominated by white men.