The Associated Press is reporting today that Ray Mabus is the Obama administration's choice to be Navy secretary.
That isn't likely to surprise anyone: We broke the story of Mabus' likely nod two months ago.
Mabus, a Democrat who endorsed Obama for the White House in 2007, served as a campaign adviser on Middle East issues. He also served a two-year tour in the early 1970s as a naval officer aboard the guided-missile cruiser Little Rock (then called CLG-4).
UPDATE (4:30pm): It's official -- Mabus is the pick, according to the White House: "At this critical moment in our nation’s history, I am grateful that these exceptional public servants have chosen to help my administration bring the change our country needs today," Obama said in a statement issued late this afternoon.
-- Chris Castelli