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Monday, January 4, 2010

President Obama Names Transgender Appointee to Commerce Department - Political Punch

No comment....From ABC News:

President Obama recently named Amanda Simpson to be a Senior Technical Advisor to the Commerce Department. In a statement, Simpson, a member of the National Center for Transgender Equality's board of directors, said that "as one of the first transgender presidential appointees to the federal government, I hope that I will soon be one of hundreds, and that this appointment opens future opportunities for many others." While Simpson is clearly one of the first transgender presidential appointees, Democratic officials say they're unsure if she is the very first one. The White House had no comment on her appointment. A 2004 YWCA "Woman on the Move," Simpson recently served as Deputy Director in Advanced Technology Development at Raytheon Missile Systems in Tucson, Arizona.
At Raytheon, Simpson -- a former test pilot who had worked for the company for more than a generation -- transitioned from male to female and was instrumental in convincing the military contractor to add gender identity and expression to its equal employment opportunity policy. She later ran unsuccessfully for the Arizona House of Representatives and was a delegate for then-Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-NY, to the Democratic National Convention in 2008.

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Clint McNulty said...

Don't be coy. Tell us how this makes you feel.

Gill Robb said...

As a former test pilot and someone who has worked to produce some of our nation's most advanced technology systems with Raytheon, Amanda Simpson is a great addition to the Commerce team.

Conservatives and citizens in general, should be glad to see such highly qualified people being selected for a position with the Obama Administration. Up until now, I haven't seen a lot of emphasis on quality or qualifications among his earlier appointees.

If all of Obama's appointees were of a similar caliber to Amanda, then folks on every side of the political spectrum would be elated with a return to a MERIT based selection system in our government, rather than the more typical gender and racial patronage.

Final note, we don't even NEED a Commerce Department, Department of Homeland Security, nor a Department of Education. Conservatives should be targeting the elimination of these extra-constitutional entities, instead of entertaining fantasies about TS appointees.