Generally no, but it depends on the position and the relative.
"Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened the fiber of a free people. A nation does not have to be cruel to be tough."
They should be able to, but the Spoils System is generally a reward for people that help the POTUS get elected...unless you're Carter.
In most cases, "no". But I suppose there could be a situation where the President has a relative who would be an exceptional, obvious and acceptable choice.
"It ain't what they call you, it's what you answer to." - W. C. Fields
Robert F Kennedy.
Yes, the president can appoint whoever. Would it be a good choice? Well if the only reason is because the appointee is a relative, then absolutely not.
"Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free."
"When we live authentically we create an opportunity for others to walk out of their dark prisons of pretend into freedom."
I think that it should be allowed. I mean let's just hope the relative knows what the heck they are doing. Who knows maybe someone relative might do a better job then those who are already in the cabinet.
Yes. Why not?
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