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    Should the president be able to appoint his relatives as cabinet members?

    Just curious.

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    Re: Should the president be able to appoint his relatives as cabinet members?

    Quote Originally Posted by marcus903 View Post
    Just curious.
    Probably not a good idea. While I am not sure it should be explicitly illegal, I think any president who did it would pay a tremendous political price doing so.
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    Re: Should the president be able to appoint his relatives as cabinet members?

    Generally no, but it depends on the position and the relative.
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    Re: Should the president be able to appoint his relatives as cabinet members?

    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.

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    Re: Should the president be able to appoint his relatives as cabinet members?

    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.

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    Re: Should the president be able to appoint his relatives as cabinet members?

    Robert F Kennedy.

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    Re: Should the president be able to appoint his relatives as cabinet members?

    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.
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    Re: Should the president be able to appoint his relatives as cabinet members?

    Quote Originally Posted by Redress View Post
    Probably not a good idea. While I am not sure it should be explicitly illegal, I think any president who did it would pay a tremendous political price doing so.
    Like JFK appointing his brother as Attorney General and also in charge of CIA special operations like over seeing the assassination attempts of Fidel Castro ?

    I'm more concerned with Obama appointing second rate and incompetent people to cabinet post.

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    Re: Should the president be able to appoint his relatives as cabinet members?

    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.

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    Re: Should the president be able to appoint his relatives as cabinet members?

    Yes. Why not?


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