The Georgians on Donald Trump’s Cabinet wish-list

Former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich introduces Donald Trump at a July rally in Ohio.   John Sommers II/Getty

Former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich introduces Donald Trump at a July rally in Ohio. John Sommers II/Getty

A Donald Trump administration could have a few Georgians in high places.

As Republican delegates met in Cleveland last week, several members of Trump’s campaign met with high-ranking Republicans to start hashing out who would serve on his Cabinet if he wins, and word has slowly leaked out about his wish-list.

The most likely pick to join his administration is former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, a runner-up to be his running mate and a de facto adviser to his campaign. Long rumored to be in the running for Secretary of State or another top post, the one-time Georgia lawmaker told The Hill that he has something else in mind: A gig as a senior adviser with authority to root out waste, fraud and abuse in federal agencies.

“I said I want to be the senior planner for the entire federal government, and I want a letter from you that says Newt Gingrich is authorized to go to any program in any department, examine it and report directly to the president,” Gingrich told the newspaper.

Another name circulating is Republican Sen. David Perdue, Trump’s highest-profile surrogate in Georgia and a former Fortune 500 chief executive. The word from the National Journal is that Perdue, who ran for office as a business-savvy outsider, is being considered as a possible Secretary of Commerce.

Another early Trump supporter in Georgia could be in the running for another key position. Consider this from Public Service Commissioner Tim Echols about his colleague Bubba McDonald, the first statewide elected official to endorse Trump – and the only to travel the South in an RV wrapped with the candidate’s image:

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Georgia delegates had prime seats just in front of the stage at the Republican National Convention. At the DNC in Philadelphia, they are in the nosebleeds.

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The honor of speaking for Georgia delegates during the ceremonial roll call vote last week went to state GOP chair John Padgett, who trilled “Goooo Dawwwgggsss” as the camera focused on Georgia.

This afternoon when Democrats announce their delegate vote, we’re told Rep. John Lewis of Atlanta will announce Georgia’s slate. The civil rights icon, as well as former state Sen. Jason Carter, will both speak on the DNC stage today.

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Awkard.

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Who’s going to chair the Democratic National Committee now that Debbie Wasserman Schultz is leaving?

Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro, a finalist for Hillary Clinton’s running mate who’d been mentioned as a possible successor, isn’t interested, according to the Texas Tribune.

Longtime DNC official Donna Brazile will serve as chair in an interim capacity through the November elections, the party announced.

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Not everyone was into Paul Simon’s rendition of “Bridge Over Troubled Water” at the DNC last night:


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