Harold Ford, Jr.! Answer the phone! Tis the White House calling, according to The Hill:
The White House has contacted Harold Ford Jr. to discuss the possibility of him becoming Commerce secretary, and the former congressman is interested in taking the job, according to sources familiar with the talks.
However, the Obama administration is looking at other candidates and there are potential stumbling blocks to a Ford appointment.
Proponents of Ford are touting his ties to business and his strong relationships with both sides of the aisle on Capitol Hill.
“He can cut deals and he’ll bring more centrist Republicans to the table,” a backer of Ford said.
Despite reaching out to the GOP, the Obama administration only attracted three Republican votes for the stimulus the president signed into law on Tuesday.
Ford, who declined to comment for this article, has not been formally offered the Commerce Committee post, but talks between the administration and the former congressman have occurred in recent days.
Another name that has been floated for the Commerce job is Symantec CEO John Thompson.