Progressives are seeking to avoid a civil war in the Democratic Party even as they assert their i…

Progressives are seeking to avoid a civil war in the Democratic Party even as they assert their influence on President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden says GOP senators have called to congratulate him Biden: Trump attending inauguration is ‘of consequence’ to the country Biden says family will avoid business conflictsMOREs Cabinet picks.
When Biden has named a Cabinet member, it has generally been met by applause from the party, including the left wing, even if the pick was not the number one candidate of progressives.
The goal is unity. We’re a diverse caucus, and President-Elect Biden has promised a diverse cabinet diverse in every way, said Rep. Anthony BrownAnthony Gregory BrownHouse Democrats back slower timeline for changing Confederate base namesOVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Esper reportedly working with lawmakers to strip Confederate names from bases | Enemy attacks in Afghanistan jump by 50 percent, watchdog says | Fort Hood soldier arrested, charged in Chelsea Cheatham killingEsper, amid resignation talk, reportedly working with lawmakers to strip Confederate names from basesMORE (D-Md.). There are going to be moderates; there are going to be progressives.
Liberals have made their voices clear throughout the early process, urging Biden not to put in his Cabinet figures such as Rahm Emanuel, the former Obama White House chief of staff who helped build a Democratic majority in the mid-2000s, but who has tangled with progressives. Emanuel has been talked about as a pick to lead the Transportation Department.
Its all part of an effort to steer Bidens selections, but to then close circles after a pick is named.
You advocate, it’s a competitive sport, it’s a contact sport, Brown said. But once the president-elect makes a nomination, you know, he … deserves his cabinet. 
Biden on Thursday formally named Brian Deese as director of the White House National Economic Council. In doing so, he brushed aside the blanket objections from some progressives to Wall Street executives or corporate lobbyists in the Cabinet. Deese, who served in top positions in the Obama administration, is a managing director at investment firm BlackRock. 
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Not all of these picks were the top choices of liberals either, but criticism has been muted.
Adam Green, co-founder of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, a prominent liberal group, said Biden has made the right signals to the left to show its values will be represented.
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This sent a larger signal that when Biden has multiple acceptable options on the table for a position but progressives have a preference, he will move in that direction,” Green said in an email.
Green also hailed Biden’s economic appointments, singling out Jared Bernstein and Heather Boushey for their impeccable progressive bona fides, as well as Yellen for a proven track record of challenging powerful interests, including the big banks.
Liberals do not want to handicap Bidens incoming administration with criticism, particularly given the challenges hell face: an ongoing pandemic, a struggling economy and a Senate that will be in GOP hands, or that Democrats will hold after Georgias two run-off elections by the most slender of margins.
Our main focus right now is winning the Senate races in Georgia so we can get appointees confirmed, ideally the most progressive appointees possible, said a spokesman for NextGen America, a liberal organization that had pressed Biden to resist corporate appointments.
A few liberals have expressed discontent.
Waleed Shahid, spokesman for the Justice Democrats, lamented what his group considers a dearth of progressive figures on the Biden team so far. Aside from Bernstein and Boushey, he said, there are not many progressive champions who have been appointed. 
That dynamic, he warned, sets the stage for internal fights next year with congressional Democrats, particularly in the House, where roughly 40 percent of the caucus belongs to the Progressive Caucus. 
If Biden wants to have an administration that’s reflective of the entirety of the Democratic Party, there’s some real urgency to have adequate progressive representation, Shahid said this week in an email. 
Liberals are also grumbling about the prospect that Biden may tap Jeffery Zients, a senior adviser to Obama who more recently ran an investment firm, for a leading role in the coronavirus response. 
Sunrise Movement urged the Biden campaign in July to not consider specifically any BlackRock executives until the company makes shifts in its sustainability practices.
There are many diverse, qualified people that can help Joe Biden and Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisBiden says GOP senators have called to congratulate him Biden says family will avoid business conflictsBiden says China must play by ‘international norms’MORE Build Back Better who didnt choose to work at predatory investment firms. The revolving door between Wall Street and the White House does no good for working people or the planet, said Evan Weber, the groups political director.
Rep-elect Jamaal Bowman (D-N.Y.), who received backing from major progressive groups during his run for Congress, was positive about official Biden selections so far.
So far, I see diversity and ideology. I would like to see more progressives chosen, particularly as we look at a position like Secretary of Education, which obviously I am passionate about, he told CNN.
Union leader Randi Weingarten is being floated to run the Department of Education. Shes currently at the helm of the American Federation of Teachers.
Other union leaders have emerged as potential candidates for Bidens cabinet like Sara Nelson, international president of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, for Labor Secretary.
Following the news that Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo was being considered to head the Department of Health and Human Services, liberal groups Demand Progress and the Revolving Door Project said she would be a disastrous pick. 
Her record on health is a total disaster and because of her mismanagement, COVID rates in Rhode Island are around twice the national average…she has a lengthy track record of failures in the healthcare space in particular, said David Segal, executive director of Demand Progress.
Raimondo on Thursday said she is no longer in the running for the HHS position.