Surgeon general nominee going nowhere

Sunday, June 29, 2008
By Frank Lockwood

An extraordinary story out from James Carroll of the Louisville Courier-Journal.
It turns out surgeon general nominee Dr. James Holsinger hasn’t supplied answers to questions from the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pension Committee. The committee, which oversees Holsinger’s confirmation process, wanted Holsinger’s answers in August 2007, but he never turned them in, the Courier-Journal reports.

The Courier-Journal also ran an editorial expressing dismay that Holsinger had failed to comply with the request. My hunch — Dr. Holsinger knew that the Democrat-controlled committee almost certainly wouldn’t vote to confirm him. He also knew that Democrats would likely use his answers against him. And he figured that President Bush would appoint him during a Congressional recess. But Democrats kept Congress in session through the holidays, making it impossible for Bush to appoint Holsinger.

To read the Courier-Journal article, click here.

No Responses to “Surgeon general nominee going nowhere”

  1. perplexed

    I wonder what will happen this week now that Congress is on vacation.

  2. Caleb Powers

    The problem is that there’s not enough time for much to happen. If they approved him today, he’d only be able to serve between now and Jan. 30, 2009, which doesn’t give him much time to implement policy. I hate to say it, because I think he probably would have made a good surgeon general, but you can stick a fork in him, he’s done.

  3. perplexed

    Regardless of implementing policy, if he is appointed, he gets his place in the history books.

  4. Caleb Powers

    My impression is that Holsinger is a serious guy who was looking to do more than get his name on the roster. I’m sorry he didn’t get the chance to make a real difference.


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