This week, the Senate will continue holding hearings on Joe Biden’s cabinet nominees.
Biden’s cabinet picks continue to raise eyebrows for a history of self-dealing and corruption.
Former Obama Administration official Thomas Vilsack has been nominated to serve as the Secretary of Agriculture.
By selecting Valsick, Biden disappointed farm groups who had rallied their support around former Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND).
Democrat activists have also been sharply critical of the pick, with Mitch Jones, policy director for Food and Water Watch, an environmental advocacy group, saying that “Vilsack has made a career of catering to the whims of corporate agriculture giants, some of whom he has gone to work for.”
Boston Mayor Marty Walsh has been nominated to serve as the Secretary of Labor.
Walsh is no stranger to controversy, his ties to unions while holding public office, federal extortion charges against a pair of his aides, and a questionable financial arrangement with his girlfriend’s consulting firm are just some of the scandals that have plagued the Mayor.
The Boston Globe reported that between 2013 and 2019, Walsh spent nearly $900,000 in campaign funds on a consulting firm where his longtime girlfriend worked, accounting for more than half of the company’s political business in that time period.