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Is Betsy DeVos Jeb Bush’s consolation prize?

By   /   January 3, 2017  /   No Comments

Politico notes “there may be a silver lining to the 2016 presidential election for Jeb Bush” in the coming nomination of  longtime ally Betsy DeVos to be education secretary.

Josh Venable, ID’d as a member of Bush’s inner circle, “is helping DeVos prepare for her confirmation hearing,” according to Politico. And Hanna Skandera, who served as deputy commissioner of education when Bush was governor of Florida, is under consideration for a senior post in the department.

It’s a generally positive piece, although why the publication chose to use scare quotes around “school choice” is a little baffling.

You can read the whole thing here.



John Bicknell is executive editor of Watchdog.org. He is a veteran editor and has worked in journalism for more than 30 years. He came to Washington in 1999 as an editor at Congressional Quarterly and held several positions at CQ and Roll Call. He is the author of "America 1844: Religious Fervor, Westward Expansion and the Presidential Election That Transformed the Nation." His next book, scheduled to be published in 2017, is on John C. Fremont's 1856 presidential campaign. John also served as senior editor of the 2016 edition of “The Almanac of American Politics.” He can be reached on Twitter @JohnBick1960 and by email at [email protected]