Spratt in line for Obama budget post?

U.S. Rep. John Spratt's name is being floated for a prominent post in the Obama administration to take advantage of his economic expertise as a former banker and current chairman of the House Budget Committee.

The Associated Press last week put Spratt – a York, S.C., Democrat – at the top of three potential directors of the White House Office of Management and Budget. The New York Times and other publications have also mentioned Spratt in earlier articles.

Spratt said he'd had no contact with President-elect Barack Obama or his aides about a possible post.

“Nobody's offered me the (OMB) job, and I haven't sought it,” Spratt said. “Having just run for re-election, I'm happy to be where I am. We'll see how it plays out, but there are a lot of other qualified people.”

Spratt, 66, was a Marshall Scholar who inherited a small bank and insurance agency in Fort Mill. He has chaired the House Budget Committee for almost two years and earlier served as its senior Democrat for a decade.

Congressional Quarterly, in an article last month about Obama's possible Cabinet members, wrote of Spratt: “His budgetary expertise, along with his amiability and wonkishness, has won him broad bipartisan admiration.”

Spratt said he might be able to aid Obama more by retaining his committee chairmanship and helping the Illinois senator move his budgets through Congress after he becomes president Jan. 20.

“I'm trying not to be presumptuous about this,” Spratt said. “It hasn't been proposed to me.”