December 17th, 2008
03:05 PM ET
12 years ago

Why Becerra turned down Obama

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Rep. Xavier Becerra is not interested in the job of U.S. Trade Representative."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - An aide to Rep. Xavier Becerra and a Democratic leadership aide both say a key reason he turned down the job of U.S. Trade Representative is because trade is simply not a top priority for the country right now, and Becerra felt that he would be better off staying in the House where he can deal with a broader range of issues such as health care and immigration.

The Democratic leadership aide said that another factor is that Becerra is a relatively young and a member of the Democratic leadership with real potential to rise higher in the House Democratic ranks, and didn’t want to get off that track for a narrowly focused, relatively low profile job as USTR.

It is noteworthy that a Democratic member of Congress was actually offered a post in the Obama administration and turned it down in a public way.

Becerra also did an interview with editorial board of La Opinion where he raised concerns about how much influence the position would have. "My worry [was] how much weight this position would hold, and I came to the conclusion that it wouldn't be priority number one, and it might not be number to or three," he was quoted as saying.

Earlier Wednesday, Becerra released a statement saying he was eager to work alongside Barack Obama in the Congress.

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soundoff (58 Responses)
  1. Roger

    The article forgot to mention that there is only one major candidate left for USTR.....former Dallas mayor and lawyer Ron Kirk (who would do a great job for Obama by the way).

    December 17, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  2. April

    Good for you. That is what I'm talking about. A man with integrity and brains. I applaud you. A man who know false prophet when he sees one. "Bravo". Oops! Oprah would not agree, since she never see such a person in the planet earth.

    December 17, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  3. Jan Illinois

    Republicans is he honest and trustworthy and smart? You just might have something going on here !!

    December 17, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  4. Rob Redmond

    Pure power politics. He looked at the position as a demotion. It was step down from his potential prominence staying behind in the House. Good for him.

    December 17, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  5. Jessica

    I am guessing that April is a republican.
    You voted for John McCain didn't you? What makes you think that Obama is a false prophet? Hmmmm....makes you wonder.

    December 17, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  6. Crease

    The guy sees Obama for what he is. Obama wants to get rid of any competitors within his party for 2012 by appointing them to one thing or another. He's no dummy.

    December 17, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  7. Ronald

    Anyone who turns down an opportunity to serve his nation in a position that was picked by the leader of the free world, not just a leader of these United States.

    I'm glad Becerra turned down the position. He showed that he is not interested in helping the NATION which needs all the help it can get.

    Why all of a sudden in all the years he has been in congress he decides that he is better off in the position that he is now in. What has he to show for his accomplishment up to this point?

    In the trade position he would have an opportunity to do some good in making the trade position work for the good of the country that would help the economy. Trade is not what it should be now, that's why Obama picked him. What has he done so far in Health care and immagration? Who needs a loser? Let's keep our eyes on him to see if he keeps his word on what he said about standing by our President who is trying his best to get an all important team to help our country which in turns would help change the whole world.

    Europe, Japan and us are in desperate need of help. If all three of us fail the entire world would suffer in such a way that only the return of Jesus Christ would be able to save our destressed world. The Bible says "Man knows not the way that they should go." This is the main reason why we will not succeed, even thought Barak Obama is doing his level best to pick the best team possible to help turn this country around. The entire world will be harmed if we failed. Not only does the United States desperately needs to succeed, the whole world is dependent on our success.

    I will be praying and fasting for our new government to succeeds. May God helps us all.

    December 17, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  8. t in kc

    He should have helped the administration wherever he could have we're all in this together. I'll bet the vetting had something to do with it or is he just that arrogant?

    December 17, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
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