WV's elected Republicans at the Republican National Convention
As the Charleston Gazette-Mail noted this morning:
Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., will speak on the second night of the Republican National Convention next week, the event that will officially launch Donald Trump’s general election campaign for the presidency.
Capito will speak Tuesday in the 10 p.m. hour of the convention, about “West Virginia’s story, the economy and other issues,” spokeswoman Ashley Berrang said. “She will use this opportunity to highlight issues that matter to West Virginians on a national stage.”
Capito is one of only six Republican U.S. senators scheduled to speak at the convention in Cleveland, according to a tentative list of speakers released by the Republican National Committee.
The Gazette-Mail notes that a number of congressional Republicans will not be attending the convention. What about the rest of the West Virginia's Republican delegation?
Republican Reps. Evan Jenkins and Alex Mooney, both of West Virginia, also will attend the convention, their offices said. West Virginia Republican Rep. David McKinley did not respond to a request for comment on his convention plans.
Trump picked a VP candidate earlier today -- what about cabinet appointments?
Yesterday, Grist's Ben Adler tried to answer the question "Who might Trump pick for top environmental roles in his cabinet?" Adler notes:
Trump has said he would consider former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin to serve in his cabinet, and Palin has said she would like to be Trump’s energy secretary.
However, Adler points out that she may not have a clear grasp of the job itself:
. . . . she even seems confused about what the job of energy secretary entails. “If I were head of [the Department of Energy], I’d get rid of it,” Palin said last year. A cabinet secretary cannot, in fact, disestablish her department, only Congress can. Moreover, her explanation for what she hoped to accomplish by abolishing DOE — “I’d let the states start having more control over the lands that are within their boundaries and the people who are affected by the developments within their states” — refers to the kinds of decisions that are made by the Department of Interior, which manages federal land.
Adler also mentions Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) who has been the Trump campaign’s energy policy advisor.
At the EPA, Adler notes that Trump might have some difficulty:
It’s hard to imagine who would want to head up the EPA in a Trump administration, since Trump has said he wants to abolish the agency. As Greenwire reported in May, “Former EPA Republican political appointees told Greenwire they are wary of signing up for a future administration under their party’s presumptive 2016 presidential nominee.”
Finally, Mediate is reporting that there are people who are actively campaigning for a position in the Trump Administration -- among them is Phil Robertson:
Social conservative icon and Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson has come around to supporting presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump after having first endorsed Trump rival Ted Cruz, and now it seems he’s trying to work his way into a Trump administration. Robertson first floated the idea of becoming Trump’s “spiritual adviser” a few months ago, but in a recent interview with Gordon James Klingenschmitt, says that he has sent “multiple people” to Trump to request that he consider becoming born again in Christ, and make Robertson part of his cabinet (along with Newt Gingrich) as “spiritual adviser.”