A pair of progressive House Democrats is urging President-elect Joe Biden not to nominate a Pentagon chief who has previously worked for a defense contractor.
“Respectfully, and in full agreement with your past statements, we write to request that the next secretary of Defense, have no prior employment history with a defense contractor,” Reps. Mark Pocan (D-Wis.) and Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) wrote in a letter to Biden released Thursday.
Pocan is the co-chairman of the Congressional Progressive Caucus and Lee is the caucus’ chairwoman emeritus.
As House members, Pocan and Lee will not get a vote on Biden’s eventual nominee. But the letter signals the progressive position on the woman widely seen as Biden’s likely choice, Michele Flournoy.
Flournoy, who was under secretary of Defense for policy in the Obama administration, co-founded consultant group WestExec