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Rollins and FTC Chief Leading Candidates to Succeed Donovan

March 19, 1985

WASHINGTON (AP) _ White House political director Edward J. Rollins and Federal Trade Commission Chairman James Miller emerged Monday as leading candidates to become secretary of labor, sources said.

The White House is eager to nominate a replacement for Raymond J. Donovan, who resigned last Friday, and a nominee could be named as early as this week, said sources at the Labor Department and on Capitol Hill, speaking only on condition they not be identified.

Former Rep. John N. Erlenborn, R-Ill., also was mentioned as a possible candidate for the post Friday after Donovan resigned, but Rollins and Miller were generally considered frontrunners.

Erlenborn, former ranking Republican on the House Education and Labor Committee, was away from his Washington law office and could not be reached for comment.

Miller, an economist, became chairman of the FTC in 1981, after serving briefly in other Reagan administration posts. He was an administrator for information and regulatory affairs at the Office of Management and Budget as well as executive director of the President Task Force on Regulatory Relief.

From 1977 until 1981, Miller was co-director of the American Enterprise Institute’s Center for the Study of Government Regulation. He served as senior staff economist on the Council of Economic Advisers.

Rollins was hired after the 1980 election as assistant to then-White House political director Lynn Nofziger. He was director of the president’s 1984 re- election campaign.

Others who have been mentioned as possible candidates for the job include Kay McMurray, director of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service; former Secretary of Labor W.J. Usery, who held McMurray’s post during the Ford administration; and Republicans Gov. Richard L. Thornburgh of Pennsylvania and former Gov. Pierre S. du Pont IV of Delaware.

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