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Howey: Fernandez Is No Surprise as Obama Nominee

Former Bloomington mayor John Fernandez has been nominated by President Obama to a position in the Department of Commerce.

The City of Bloomington now boasts two nominees to President Obama’s administration.

Former Mayor John Fernandez has been nominated to a high level post in the Department of Commerce. Fernandez actively campaigned for President Obama during his election catching the attention of the administration.

Publisher of Howey Politics Indiana, Brian Howey said between that and his resume, Fernandez is an obvious candidate for the job.

“You know the way you run a campaign obviously translates into the business world,” Howey said. “The fact that John has the background in economic development along with his role in the campaign underscored by his tenure as mayor, I think it makes him a good fit for the administration.”

Fernandez will have to undergo an intense vetting process and will assume his position following Senate confirmation. Although fellow nominee and IU Law Professor Dawn Johnsen’s confirmation has hit a snag due to some controversial writings, Howey doesn’t predict any issues with Fernandez’s confirmation.

Arianna Prothero

Arianna Prothero started at WFIU as a reporter in May of 2008. She is now the Interim Assistant Radio News Director and, along with her reporting duties, produces WFIU’s Noon Edition and anchors All Things Considered on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. Arianna holds her bachelor’s degree from Indiana University in Political Science with a minor in Russian and Eastern European Studies.

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