Knowles' name surfaces among possible nominees for Energy Secretary

Posted: Friday, December 15, 2000

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska Gov. Tony Knowles' name has come up as a possible member of President-elect George Bush's cabinet.

But Knowles' spokesman said the governor isn't looking for a job.

''If George W. is looking to reach beyond the beltway, he couldn't reach much farther,'' said Knowles spokesman Bob King.

Knowles was one of several politicians mentioned as potential nominees for the job of Energy Secretary.

Louisiana Sen. John Breaux, a Democrat, is said to be Bush's first choice for Energy Secretary. Breaux has expressed reluctance to leave the closely divided Senate, but he has not ruled it out.

If Breaux doesn't take the job, Governor Knowles could be tapped.

Both Bush and Knowles support oil exploration in the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. They were also fraternity brothers at Yale.

But King called the reports speculative and said Knowles hasn't been contacted by the Bush administration.

''He is not looking for a job, has not been offered a job and he's not reacting to every rumor that comes from the pundits in Washington, D.C. about who may be on what list,'' King said.

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