The resignation of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has caused a flurry of speculation about who will take his place. A name mentioned frequently is "Mr. Transportation" Jim Oberstar, a former Democratic congressman from Minnesota. Transportation advocates and unions are urging President Barack Obama to find a replacement who will be a champion of transportation funding. "I think it's important that the next secretary comes in with a primary strategy in mind to figure out a way to fund our transportation system's needs," said Ed Wytkind, president of the AFL-CIO Transportation Trades Department.

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