Two Senate Democrats are reportedly under consideration for spots in President-elect Donald Trump’s Cabinet.
Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Sen. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, both moderate Democrats facing tough re-election battles in 2018, are rumored to be among Trump’s potential picks for Cabinet-level posts, Politico reported.
Heitkamp is already scheduled to meet with Trump in New York City on Friday, although she told Politico, “I don’t even know if it’s about a job.”
Trump spokesman Jason Miller told reporters Thursday that Heitkamp is “very highly recommended and qualified as a proven leader and would be an asset in any capacity.”
Manchin, on the other hand, said he has no scheduled meetings with Trump but sounded open to the possibility of serving in a Trump administration.
“If I can do anything that would help my state of West Virginia and my country, I would be happy to talk to anybody,” Manchin said. “Other than that, I haven’t heard anything. I have nothing scheduled.”
Multiple sources told Politico that the Trump transition team is considering the West Virginia Democrat for energy secretary “to show the coal people how serious Trump is about coal.”
If Trump appoints either or both of the senators, it would give Republicans a leg-up in the North Dakota and West Virginia Senate races, both in special elections to fill the vacated positions and in the 2018 general elections and would give them a chance to increase their slim majority in the upper chamber.