Obama to Name NY Republican Army Secretary
McHugh is ranking GOPer on Armed Services Committee
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 2, 2009 10:51 AM CDT
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(Newser) – Barack Obama will nominate yet another Republican to an administration post today, tapping New York Rep. John McHugh as Army secretary, the New York Times reports. McHugh is the ranking Republican on the House armed services committee, and serves on West Point’s Board of Visitors.

His appointment means another special election for New York, hot off the hotly-contested battle to replace Kirsten Gillibrand. Democrats think they have a shot at the seat, but Republicans should be favored in McHugh’s right-leaning district.