| Practice for confirmation hearings? Houston Mayor Bill White addresses Rep. Sylvester Turner, D-Houston, and others during a special House committee studying Hurricane Ike’s recovery covering governments and businesses affected by the storm to discuss power outages, gasoline shortages, lack of emergency housing and other issues Nov. 9, 2008 in Houston.
Houston Mayor Bill White has been known to get some fan mail for his no-nonsense approach to conducting city business (and some flack for being a bit too direct by some). But some are now hoping White will take his skills to Washington as Secretary of Energy.
A supporter has launched a Facebook group supporting White to serve as head of the Department of Energy under the incoming Democratic administration.
White is a former Deputy Secretary of Energy, so it wouldn’t exactly be new for him. But the Facebook page’s founder, Jeff Ragsdale, thinks he’d do a good job because … “His leadership during Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Ike resounds, and there can be no other choice to be this country’s energy guru.”
There’s no shortage of competition for the spot, however. Other names floating in the ether: Dow Chemical Co. Chairman Andrew Liveris , Michigan Gov. Jennifer M. Granholm, former Indiana Congressman Philip Sharp, Sen. Jeff Bingaman, and, according to Reuters: retired Army general Wesley Clark; General Electric Co Chief Executive Jeff Immelt; former Mississippi Governor Ray Mabus; U.S. Rep. Ed Markey of Massachusetts; Dan Reicher, director of climate change and energy initiatives at Google.org; Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell; Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer; Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius.
In other words, there’s a lot of names in the running.
Here’s White’s own Facebook page and his re-election site.
The Houston Press first touched on this last week.