The White House is currently moving to lay the groundwork for firing Trump-era Postmaster Louis DeJoy as the United States Postal Service (USPS) leader faces increased calls to resign due to ongoing service delays.
Current postmaster Louis DeJoy has stated he has no plans to leave his role over slowdowns during the COVID-19 pandemic and holiday season. However, the Biden administration may have a different agenda, as it has appointed two Democrats and a voting rights advocate to the Postal Service’s governing board.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki noted in a daily briefing that the USPS “needs leadership that can and will do a better job.” Current nominees include retired deputy postmaster general Ron Stroman, Amber McReynolds of the National Vote at Home Institute, and former general counsel for the American Postal Workers Union Anton Hajjar.
If confirmed by the Senate, the nine-person board would easily have the power to change leadership at the USPS. The leadership change follows a volatile year that also included many allegations regarding the role of the USPS in mail-in ballots during the 2020 election.
Most Republicans defended current postmaster DeJoy during complaints in 2020. However, with Democrats in power and pressure to include increased diverse leadership, the postmaster’s days may be numbered.
Both parties hold high interest in any changes made regarding USPS leadership. Democrats alleged in 2020 that the Trump-friendly boss would delay mail-in ballots. As Democrats sought mail-in ballot rule changes, the leadership of USPS became a volatile political issue.
Conservatives deflected the accusation, instead concerned regarding the dates of postmarked ballots. Further, verifying ballot signatures and identities arose as a key issues in certain battleground states, such as Georgia, where a hand recount was required.
Most Americans just want their mail delivered on time and without damage. In 2020, even that became too much to ask on too many occasions.
The current crisis has instead turned into another Trump-Biden battle, with plans to remove a postmaster because he was appointed by Trump, while the left is ready to add new leadership to further its agenda.