WASHINGTON, D.C. - After a week of intensifying concern in the United States about Ebola, the White House on Friday appointed a “czar” as response coordinator — and the pick for the post, Ron Klain, has also raised some eyebrows.
Here’s Klain’s professional experience:
Since 2011 he has been a practicing lawyer and partner at Washington lobbying firm O'Melveny & Myers. He is president of Case Holdings — where he will now take a leave of absence — which manages the assets of AOL Founder Steve Case.
Previously Klain served as chief of staff for both Vice President Joe Biden and former Vice President Al Gore, as well as former Attorney General Janet Reno. His connections to the Democratic Party and the Obama administration run deep.
But spot what’s missing? Yep, medical experience.
It’s that key skill, nowhere to be found on Klain’s resume, that is riling up a few conservative members of Congress.
Here’s a taste:
For weeks the president has been under pressure, largely from Republicans, to appoint someone to oversee the federal government's efforts to contain the virus. Whether a czar is the right route to go, especially one with no medical background, is yet to be determined.