Media sources in aerospace are echoing the same hot news tip..
"Trump Picked Bridenstine To Run NASA."
No one knows where the hot gossip started... or at least they don't feel safe to admit it; but no one is refuting the narrative.
Back in Oklahoma's 1st district, several Republicans of note are already actively campaigning for the soon-to-be-open house seat. They know that a primary election is 10 months away, but a NASA appointment will open the seat within days. That would prompt Gov. Fallin to call a special election which would be wrapped up in 4-5 months. Most likely the primary would be in November, with a General election in January. National office special elections do accommodate party runoff elections so the top 2 candidates in the crowded field will face off in a runoff, unless a majority is attained in the primary by one candidate. Then a general election would also occur.
Then, in less than 3 months the Congressman-elect would face a whole new round of opponents in the April filings for the June Election.
So far we know of active Republican campaigns for Andy Coleman, Nathan Dahm, Tim Harris, Kevin Hern, & Danny Stockstill.
Here's what a leading aerospace new agency said about the rumors.
NASA may finally be close to getting some clarity about its leadership during the Trump administration.
On Tuesday, NASA Watch reported that the President will nominate US Representative Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.) as administrator and Aerojet Rocketdyne Vice President John Schumacher as deputy administrator. Both men have been rumored to be nominated for these posts in recent weeks, but there have been no official confirmations as yet.
Two sources familiar with Washington, DC, space politics confirmed the choices to Ars, but one of them offered a caveat. "I have heard same from multiple sources, but this is Trump world," one DC-based source said.
A formal announcement has been in the works for September, but a date and location have not yet been set. "To the best of my knowledge, there have been no White House announcements on this subject matter at this time," NASA's associate administrator for communications, Jen Rae Wang, told Ars on Tuesday evening.