Jumping ship: HHS secretary’s plans for California governorship already include hiring and spending on campaign

Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra is preparing his political future after the Biden administration. 

Becerra’s reported plans to run for governor of California in 2026 to follow Gov. Gavin Newsom (D-CA) may be more developed than those in the Biden administration thought. The secretary has been having detailed conversations about a gubernatorial campaign and leaving the administration, according to Politico.

Over the past year, Becerra has spent $130,000 on “campaign consultants.” He said he is still focused on his role as health and human services secretary. 

“I am secretary of HHS, and by law, I have to be secretary of HHS and nothing else,” Becerra said. “So I’m gonna do my job as best I can.”

However, campaign finance reports show payments made to the Podesta Group in Washington, D.C.,
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