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Traffic Jam Forming Behind Becerra

Xavier Becerra and Barack Obama met in Chicago on Thursday afternoon to discuss the U.S. Trade Representative position, said his spokeswoman, Fabiola Rodríguez-Ciampoli.

She would not comment, however, on what the timeline for the decision on whether to take the job might be. “That’s a question for the transition team,” she said. She also wouldn’t confirm on the record that that job had been officially offered.

The assumption among congressional aides is that the decision lies with Becerra. Sending the question of timing back to the transition team, however, is a movement forward in the process. The Becerra camp has been extremely tight-lipped about the discussions with the transition.

In the absence of an announcement about the USTR position, Becerra remains Democratic caucus vice-chair. A traffic jam is forming behind his stalled vehicle, as vice-chair seekers await his official announcement to begin their campaigns for the job in earnest. Democratic Reps. Joe Crowley, Kendrick Meek, Hilda Solis and Dennis Cardoza have all been floated as aspirants. Though the race has yet to officially begin, two members have all ready ended runs. Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Allyson Schwartz had made phone calls in preparation for bids and then decided against it.

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