Miami lawmakers praise Trump’s new labor pick, a local
Even before President Donald Trump announced Alexander Acosta as his new secretary of labor pick, a Miami Republican lawmaker started singing Acosta’s praises.
NBC News reported Thursday — ahead of Trump’s White House press conference announcing his choice — that it would be Acosta, the dean of Florida International University’s law school and former U.S. attorney for the southern district of Florida. Acosta would be Trump’s first and only Hispanic Cabinet member.
The still-unconfirmed news prompted immediate support from U.S. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart:
I am excited to learn of Alex Acosta’s nomination for Labor Secretary. He has an impressive record of achievement, having served on the National Labor Relations Board, as well as receiving presidential appointments to both U.S. Attorney for Southern District of Florida and Assistant Attorney General during his career. Alex has also been an exemplary Dean of one of the best law schools in the state, leading FIU to earn the highest bar passage rates in Florida for three years in a row. He is a man of great principle, integrity, and courage, and I am confident he will do an excellent job serving our nation.
Here’s the reaction from U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Miami:
— Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (@RosLehtinen) February 16, 2017
And from U.S. Rep. Carlos Curbelo, R-Miami:
— Carlos Curbelo (@carloslcurbelo) February 16, 2017