Obama appointment of Klain as Ebola czar shows he’s putting politics above public safety.Posted by Keith Plunkett on October 17, 2014
President Obama has chosen Ron Klain, former chief of staff for two Democratic vice presidents, as his Ebola czar, the White House said Friday.
“The president has asked Ron Klain to take on the task of coordinating his administration’s whole of government Ebola response,” said a White House official. “He will report directly to the president’s homeland security adviser Lisa Monaco and the president’s national security adviser Susan Rice as he ensures that efforts to protect the American people by detecting, isolating and treating Ebola patients in this country are properly integrated but don’t distract from the aggressive commitment to stopping Ebola at the source in West Africa.”
The Washington Examiner reports that the appointment comes after days of Obama resisting the idea, but the political heat became too unbearable.
In choosing Klain, Obama is selecting a D.C. insider and veteran of numerous political battles to spearhead a campaign with major implications on his own legacy and how Democrats fare in the November midterms.
Klain served as chief of staff for Vice Presidents Al Gore and Joe Biden.
He is now the president of Case Holdings and general counsel of Revolution LLC.
There is no indication from his biographical information that Klain has any experience in dealing with disease control or healthcare.
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