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March 10, 2011 at 11:11 AM

Obama eyes Google CEO for Locke’s spot

President Obama may be Googling for Gary Locke‘s replacement as secretary of commerce.

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Google Chief Executive Eric Schmidt (left) is a possible candidate for the job, according to a Bloomberg report.

Schmidt – and Google – have been close to Obama. Maybe too close, like when the White House hired Google’s top lobbyist to guide technology policy, and he kept schmoozing with Mountain View.

This is inside baseball, but it would be a little ironic if Locke – a friend of Bill Gates – is replaced by Microsoft’s arch-nemesis.

I wonder how Schmidt being part of Obama’s cabinet would affect growing concerns among federal regulators about some of Google’s business practices?

Other possible Locke replacements named in the story are former Pfizer Chief Executive Jeffrey Kindler and Ron Kirk, U.S. trade representative.

Comments | Topics: Google, Public policy

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