Oberstar interested in Cabinet post


Former U.S. Rep. Jim Oberstar, D-Minn., said Tuesday he’s interested in succeeding Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.

“It would be a great privilege and a real honor,” he said. “I would enjoy serving the president and the nation in that capacity. I’ve been preparing all my life without really preparing for it.”

LaHood, the only Republican still a part of President Barack Obama’s first-term Cabinet, said Tuesday he plans to leave the administration.

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Mike O'Rourke
Mike O'Rourke began his career at the Brainerd Dispatch in 1978 as a general assignment reporter. He was named city editor in 1981 and associate editor in 1999. He covers politics and writes features and editorials.
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