Within weeks of Hispanic lawmakers publicly airing concerns that President-elect Barack Obama wasn't putting enough Latinos into top jobs, Obama's team bragged today that it has done more than any other administration.
Obama is expected to add to his count of Hispanics Wednesday when he formally names Senator Ken Salazar of Colorado as his nominee for interior secretary.
"Based on what I can cull from records, we have more Hispanics in senior positions in this White House than under either President Bush or President Clinton,” incoming White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel told Politico.
"Diversity wasn’t the driving force here," Emanuel added. "I’m proud of the fact that it is a diverse staff. But most importantly, the quality is of a single standard. We wanted to make sure that we got a great staff of seasoned people — both on the policy front and on the political front -- who know their stuff."
The Congressional Hispanic Caucus had complained earlier this month, noting that Latino voters had helped Obama win several Western states that a Democrat hadn't carried in recent elections.
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