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Andrew Yang pitched a ‘secretary of expertise and innovation’ cupboard place to the Biden transition staff, in keeping with his new guide

Andrew Yang and President Joe Biden during one of the 2020 Democratic presidential debates. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

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Andrew Yang and President Joe Biden throughout one of many 2020 Democratic presidential debates. Justin Sullivan/Getty Photographs

  • In his forthcoming guide, Andrew Yang sheds gentle on how shut he got here to a Biden cupboard place.
  • Yang writes that he pitched the creation of a “Secretary of Know-how” place.
  • He additionally says “some members of Congress” inspired him to go after commerce secretary.
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Whereas there have been rumors about Andrew Yang probably getting a cupboard place within the Biden administration, little was identified about the place he could have ended up. In a duplicate of his forthcoming guide obtained by Insider, Yang describes three positions he thought of, considered one of which doesn’t but exist.


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Yang additionally recounts interviewing with the Biden transition staff for labor secretary.

He finally ended up working for New York Metropolis mayor, the place he completed fourth in a crowded Democratic main area campaigning beneath ranked selection voting for the primary time.

“Whereas I used to be in Georgia, I used to be additionally fascinated by what was subsequent for me,” Yang writes. “I interviewed with the Biden transition staff for the secretary of labor position. They requested me to current a imaginative and prescient for the division. I mentioned that we’re within the midst of a disaster. We’re down greater than ten million jobs, and 42 p.c of the roles which were misplaced won’t return.”

Yang additionally says he wrote a seven-page memo on what he would do as labor secretary, with the White Home choice finally going to former Boston Mayor Marty Walsh.

At one other level within the transition, Yang remembers being inspired by “some members of Congress” to foyer for himself to get the commerce secretary decide.

Initially, he was eyeing both commerce or labor for his subsequent gig.

“A former secretary of labor in addition to a former secretary of commerce informed me that if I wished the job, I ought to foyer everybody related to the transition for that position and have my linked and influential associates do the identical,” Yang writes. “Some members of Congress had been pushing me for secretary of commerce.”

Nevertheless, Yang additionally considered another choice, which might contain convincing Biden’s staff – and finally Congress – to create a brand new place.

“I had additionally proposed a brand new secretary of expertise and innovation position to the transition staff that may consolidate the USDS and the Workplace of Science and Know-how Coverage within the White Home into an expanded position,” Yang writes.

Whereas each labor and commerce are cupboard positions, the Structure doesn’t explicitly define the notion of a cupboard, and there are different “Workplace of the White Home” positions that aren’t included within the cupboard.

Including to a recurring theme within the guide, Yang displays on how he was dispositionally ill-equipped to play the so-called inside sport of Washington networking.

President Joe Biden known as Yang after he dropped out of the presidential main in February and once more later in March to ask for his endorsement, however didn’t attain out straight a few cupboard place, in keeping with Yang.

Whereas contemplating his choices within the incoming administration, Yang was additionally trying into what would change into his failed mayoral bid.

“Across the identical time I used to be discussing potential jobs within the Biden administration, my staff commissioned a ballot to see how I might carry out if I made a decision to run for mayor of New York Metropolis,” Yang writes.

“The outcomes got here again that I might begin because the front-runner due to excessive title recognition and excessive favorability,” he continues. “I knew, although, that this simply gave us an opportunity: everybody appears to be like good earlier than they begin working.”

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