Michael Avenatti: Dems must commit to a ‘gender balanced cabinet’
Stormy Daniels lawyer and 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful Michael Avenatti is trying to remain in the positive spotlight after being criticized for his commentary that the next Democratic presidential candidate should be a “white male.”
On Monday, Avenatti tweeted that the next Democratic candidate should make a pledge to commit to a cabinet composed of an even male-to-female ratio.
Every nominee for the Dem party in 2020 must commit to a gender balanced cabinet – 50% women/men. The lack of female cabinet members over the years is a disgrace. The time has come. No more excuses. #Basta
— Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) October 29, 2018
In other words, he is advocating for a gender quota rather than a merit quota.
Gender should not even be part of the cabinet’s equation. The president should select a cabinet based on the merits of the potential choices. A president weighs the choices before him by deciding the competency of potential cabinet heads and by their ideological agreement and loyalty with his positions. If those two categories are satisfied by someone on the president’s shortlist, that person should be selected. It’s as simple as that. Gender should give anyone a boost, nor should it give anyone a penalty.
And it should be noted that President Donald Trump did fill many positions, not just limited to the president’s cabinet, with many women.
His list of female appointees included: Nikki Haley, Ambassador to the United Nations; Elaine Chao, Secretary of Transportation; Kirstjen Nielsen, Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security; Dr. Heather Wilson, Secretary of the Air Force; Sarah Sanders, White House Press Secretary; Kellyanne Conway, Counselor to the President; Linda McMahon, Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration; Betsy DeVos, Secretary of Education; Jovita Carranza, U.S. Treasurer; Neomi Rao, Regulation Czar; Seema Verma, Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services; Heather Brand, Associate Attorney General; Kelly Sadler, Director of Surrogate & Coalitions Outreach; Mercedes Schlapp, Senior Communications Advisor; Ivanka Trump, Advisor to the President; Hope Hicks, Communications Director; Jessica Ditto, Deputy Director of Communications; and Dina Powell, Deputy National Security.
Perhaps Avenatti is looking to change his rhetoric to align with some of the far left views of his potential constituency. But at this point, based on his previous statement, it might be impossible for his record to be wiped clean heading into the 2020 election.