I'm not sure what the stereotype about how gay people handle money is — though I'm sure there must be one — but, now that theoretical stereotype is either being strongly confirmed or harshly discredited by Barack Obama's probably soon-to-be-announced choice for Chairman and President of the U.S. Import-Export Bank.
According to Ben Smith, the job will be going to a gay homosexual gay man who happens to be gay…
A source tells me Fred Hochberg, an openly gay former Clinton Administration official, will be named to head the Export-Import Bank.
Hochberg, who was deputy administrator of the Small Business Administration under Bill Clinton, was a prominent Clinton supporter in the primary, and a is a major donor to both Democratic and gay causes.
Gay groups have complained of a shortage of high-profile gay and lesbian appointees, and the appointment of Hochberg, who is prominent in gay political circles and served on Obama's transition, may ease those complaints, though gay groups had been lobbying to make him Commerce Secretary.
Even if his failure to be Hispanic does preclude him from holding the office of Commerce Secretary, this is still a pretty big deal. I'm not 100% sure, but I think this would make Hochberg the highest-ranking homosexual in the executive branch of government. (Well, the highest-ranking out homosexual in the executive branch. I'm just sayin'.)
Of course, Obama will certainly not want to risk offending any of his Evangelical Christian friends who believe that the term "Chairman and President of the U.S. Import-Export Bank" is defined as "a straight Christian or Jewish man who is Chairman and President of the U.S. Import-Export Bank."
So, Hochberg will technically have to be called the "Civil Administrator of the U.S. Import-Export Bank."
But, don't worry. He'd still have responsibilities and privileges as a "Chairman and President of the U.S. Import-Export Bank."
(photo via Out.com)
Tags: Barack Obama, Economy, LGBT, Obama Administration