Jamaal Bowman: Hearing names like Rahm Emanuel and Bruce Reed 'makes my skin crawl'

Jamaal Bowman: Hearing names like Rahm Emanuel and Bruce Reed 'makes my skin crawl'
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Rep.-elect Jamaal Bowman (D-N.Y.) said on Thursday that the notion of figures such as former Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and former Broad Foundation President Bruce Reed serving in the Biden administration “makes my skin crawl.”

Bowman told CNN he was heartened to see the diversity in President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenWoman accused of trying to sell Pelosi laptop to Russians arrested Trump gets lowest job approval rating in final days as president Trump moves to lift coronavirus travel restrictions on Europe, Brazil MORE’s appointments so far, but added, “I think ideological diversity is most key here, and we need to make sure that President-elect Joe Biden is picking as many progressives to his Cabinet as possible.”

Bowman added that he was pleased with some of those selections Biden has named, such as former Federal Reserve Chair Janet YellenJanet Louise YellenOn The Money: Retail sales drop in latest sign of weakening economy | Fast-food workers strike for minimum wage | US officials raise concerns over Mexico's handling of energy permits The Hill's Morning Report - How many Republicans will vote for Trump's impeachment? On The Money: Sanders will be gatekeeper for key Biden proposals | Senate majority gives Biden path to student loan forgiveness | Confirmation hearing for Yellen expected next Tuesday MORE and former Secretary of State John KerryJohn KerryFor Joe Biden, an experienced foreign policy team Biden's trade policy needs effective commercial diplomacy Biden taps ex-Obama aide Anita Dunn as senior adviser MORE, but “when I hear names like Rahm Emanuel and Bruce Reed, it makes my skin crawl. Rahm Emanuel covered up the murder of Laquan McDonald as mayor in Chicago, he closed elementary schools, he closed mental health institutions.”


Reed, meanwhile, “is a deficit hawk and a master of austerity budgets,” Bowman added. “So we cannot have anyone like that in a Biden Cabinet, especially as we deal with the coronavirus and as we deal with an economic depression and racial reckoning in our time.”

Emanuel, who also served as former President Obama's chief of staff was reported to be considering for secretary of Transportation, was widely condemned for his handling of the 2014 killing of McDonald, a Black teenager in Chicago. Police officer Jason Van Dyke was originally not charged, but footage eventually revealed that he fatally shot McDonald as the teen walked away. Van Dyke was found guilty of second-degree murder in 2018.

Reed was widely reported to be a contender for the Biden administration’s Office of Management and Budget, but Center for American Progress head Neera Tanden was announced for the role last week.