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The Power Of Facebook Will Make Bill White Energy Secretary

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Mayor Bill White is being coy about his political future -- run for Governor? Senator? Get a job in the Obama administration? -- but others are not.

Utilizing the single hippest method of communication since the princess phone, a cadre of White fans has a Facebook page calling for White to be named U.S. Secretary of Energy.

The groundswell is building: The group began with eight members November 6; now it has 72.

Obama, are you listening?

Having White be Energy Secretary would, of course, be bittersweet for some:

"I think he WOULD be good, however I wouldnt want him to take on the position because he has done such a great job handling our city. If he left, we would def have a big void in the continuing of the development of our grand city," posts Anthony "Tone" Martinez, who nonetheless seems willing to undertake the incredible sacrifice involved, for his country's sake.

The page was started by Houstonian Jeff Ragsdale, who offers this: "His leadership during Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Ike resounds, and there can be no other choice to be this country's energy guru. Nominate Mayor Bill White of Houston as Secretary of Energy? Yes, you can!"

Well, you actually can't -- that's the president's job -- but you can surely start a Facebook page about it.

-- Richard Connelly

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