Biden Nominated Last Year’s Least Popular Governor For Commerce Secretary

Biden Nominated Last Year’s Least Popular Governor For Commerce Secretary

President-elect Joe Biden is planning to tap Rhode Island Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo for commerce secretary, rescuing the New England governor from suffering some of the worst popularity ratings in the country.

The New York Times reported Raimondo as Biden’s pick, citing a person familiar with the incoming president’s decision, which has not yet been publicly announced.

Raimondo, while characterized as “a rising star” in the Democratic Party, ended 2020 as the third most unpopular governor in the country, according to the Morning Consult, with only a 35 percent approval rating compared to a 55 percent disapproval rating. Raimondo’s high unpopularity puts her neck-and-neck with Kentucky Republican Gov. Matt Bevin, who suffers from a 34-55 percent approval/disapproval, barely edging out Hawaii Democratic Gov. David Ige with a 32-58 percent rating.

Raimondo’s trip to a wine bar in December did little to boost her low approval in the state, as she got caught maskless at the establishment’s paint night after telling residents to stay home.

“Please, stay home except for essential activities & wear a mask anytime you’re with people you don’t live with,” Raimondo wrote on Twitter following the Thanksgiving holiday, only to violate her own rules several days later — unless she considered her trip to the local wine and paint night “essential.”

Tristan Justice is the western correspondent for The Federalist. Follow him on Twitter at @JusticeTristan or contact him at [email protected]
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