DC buzz: Administration mulls Mineta replacement

| 2/4/2003

According to the Washington Whispers column of U.S. News & World Report, " administration officials are bracing for the resignation of Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta, the 71-year-old former Clinton Cabinet member who suffers from painful back ailments."

Paul Bedard writes the column. "Insiders say that House Secretary Mel Martinez...is being touted as Mineta's replacement," Bedard's column says.

Mineta recently underwent surgery at Walter Reed Army Medical Center to relieve long-standing back pain related to disk stress and scoliosis, a curvature of the spine.

Mineta, a former San Jose, CA, congressman, recently spent a few weeks at the hospital, holding meetings and telecommuting from his hospital bed.