Why not? If he/she is qualified enough to fill such a cabinet position. However, he/she should be the best qualified or extremely well qualified to even be considered.
For example, if Hillary Rodham-Clinton wins the next presidency race, why would she not be allowed to give her hubby a job in the cabinet? Nothing to do with any legal issues like taking over for Mr. Holder or positions like that, but foreign secretary or secretary of state should be possible (if he so wished and his wife would want it too).
Cronyism, giving cushy jobs to friends or family is bad and cannot be tolerated, but if the choice for a friend or family member is based on sound judgment and high qualifications should never be an issue IMHO.
Dutch Medal count Paralympics Rio 17 gold 19 silver 26 bronze
BLADE BABE STRIKES AGAIN!!!
Be sure to work hard and get lots of overtime. People on welfare want more steaks and free upgrades to smart phones with unlimited data packages.
(Also, the same goes for democrats and republican presidents... this announcement cheerfully made to stave off hate mail. )
Edit: Oops, someone beat me to my hypothetical... lol. Damn, I'm always late to the party!
I'm OK with a president appointing anyone he thinks he can trust the most. I'd say because of that, relatives should not be excluded, and make fine candidates, if qualified for the position.
Able to - yes. Is it a good idea, with rare exception - no.
"A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murder is less to fear"
Cicero Marcus Tullius
Is the relative qualified?