Indiana Senator Richard Lugar wasted little time throwing cold water on suggestions he would join President Obama‘s Cabinet, but it is still unclear what he will do instead.
Lugar‘s long tenure on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, including two stints as chairman, has prompted speculation he might be named Secretary of State for each of the last three presidents. Each time, he has made clear he has not interested.
John Shaw, who authored a book this spring assessing Lugar‘s foreign policy record, says Lugar‘s always preferred the independent platform offered by the Senate.
Even with Lugar‘s Senate service drawing to a close, Shaw says Lugar would have no interest in being part of a bureaucratic structure after 36 years.
With Hillary Clinton planning to step down, political websites had floated Lugar‘s name again for that position, or for C-I-A director following the abrupt resignation of David Petraeus.
Lugar spokesman Andy Fisher blasts those reports as having been made “without any forethought or knowledge.” Fisher declares the senator‘s next job will be outside the government, and says he has had talks with the German Marshall Fund think tank and some universities.