Axios reports that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is prepared to block Joe Biden from making Cabinet appointments that are not centrist enough, forcing Biden’s transition team to consider nominees they believe McConnell will accept.
It could push Biden to go with more centrist options, like Lael Brainard for Treasury or Tony Blinken for State, sources tell Axios.
Susan Rice and Stacey Abrams could be early casualties, depending on McConnell’s posture.
Axios reports that a source close to McConnell said Republicans would be willing to work with Biden on centrist nominees but not “radical progressives” or those who conservatives view as controversial.
The process is in its early stages as Biden officials await final numbers on the size of the majority, and any potential signals from McConnell about whether he’ll fight every nominee or focus on one or two examples.