AZ congressional caucus at odds over Trump’s Interior Sec. pick


Arizona’s congressional delegation is at odds over  President Trump’s permanent replacement pick for outgoing Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke.

When President Trump nominated acting Secretary David Bernhardt to succeed Zinke at the Interior department, Republicans quickly supported the president’s nominee, but Democrats raised their doubts.

Democrats believe that Bernhardt, a former oil and gas lobbyist, has a conflict because his former firm  did a lot of work on energy and mining.

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“Arizona, our environment, our public lands, and Indian Country cannot afford to have David “Conflict of Interest” Bernhardt confirmed as Secretary of Interior. I call on my Senate colleagues to step up and stop Bernhardt,” said Rep, Ruben Gallego (D) (pictured)

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Gallego’s colleague over in the U.S. Senate, Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D) says that she has faith that Bernhardt will “faithfully uphold the law,” and will vote to confirm.

“After meeting with Mr. Bernhardt and carefully considering his nomination, I am confident he is professionally qualified, believes in the mission of the Interior Department, and will faithfully uphold the law.”-Sen Kyrsten Sinema

Another Arizonan Republican Rep.Paul Gosar, believes “the American people deserve” to have Bernhardt’s leadership at the Department of Interior.

Javier Manjarres is a nationally renowned award-winning South Florida-based political journalist owns Diverse New Media, Corp. which publishes,,, and He enjoys traveling, playing soccer, mixed martial arts, weight-lifting, swimming and biking. He ran as a Republican in the 2018 congressional primary race in Florida's CD 22. Javier is also a political consultant, and has also authored "BROWN PEOPLE," which is a book about Hispanic Politics. Learn more at Email him at