Archive for Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Sebelius seen as potential Daschle successor

The governor's aides say she remains focused on issues in Kansas, and not on the recently opened Health and Human Services position in President Obama's administration.

February 4, 2009


— The departure of Tom Daschle as President Barack Obama’s nominee for secretary of health and human services on Tuesday fueled speculation that Gov. Kathleen Sebelius may be picked for the job.

National media covering Daschle’s withdrawal from consideration because of tax problems immediately put Sebelius on a short list of possible replacements.

Asked to respond to the reports, Sebelius’ office put out the following statement:

“Today’s news about Senator Daschle is unfortunate. Governor Sebelius has enormous respect for Tom Daschle, his talents and his many years of service to our country.

“Governor Sebelius is focused on working through the challenges facing our state and continues to believe reforming health care is absolutely vital to our economic recovery.

“She will continue to do what she can to help President Obama fix our economy, improve our health care system and get America back on track.”

The statement is different from her announcement in December when Sebelius said she didn’t want to be considered for a Cabinet position. At that time, Sebelius said she made the decision because of the worsening budget problems facing Kansas.

Those budget problems haven’t gotten any better. State revenues continue to fall, and Sebelius and Republican legislative leaders have been at odds over how to close a $186 million budget gap that could grow to $1 billion by the start of the next fiscal year July 1.

Questions about a possible job in the Obama administration came up again last month when New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson withdrew as Obama’s choice for commerce secretary. At that time, Sebelius said she stood by her decision to stay in Kansas.

But secretary of HHS would be more in Sebelius’ range. Prior to her election as governor in 2002, she served eight years as state insurance commissioner where she worked on many health care issues.

Sebelius was also reportedly among the top group considered by Obama to be his running mate. Obama eventually picked Joe Biden.


KEITHMILES05 9 years, 2 months ago

How the heck can she be considered seriously when she has had very little leadership within this state?The woman is spineless.

Richard Heckler 9 years, 2 months ago

Obama did not screw up. The former politicians did ...what the hell.

Richard Heckler 9 years, 2 months ago

Continuing to send the same republicans back to Topeka is taking Kansas backwards. Coal instead moving forward with wind,solar and hydropower says a lot about Kansas to potential new business. How the legislators treat Kansas public education is another red flag for new business NOT to come to Kansas. Potential new business watching Lawrence "stay the course" mentality will not attract new business. Our commissioners do not think any different than the majority of Kansas legislators. Columbia,Missouri is moving way ahead of Lawrence. Business people know bedroom communities cost a lot of tax dollars to live in and set up new business.

Flap Doodle 9 years, 2 months ago

That's right, Kathy. Grab that ticket & jump on board the O'titanic. You'll be right there when the truly epic fail sets in.

KEITHMILES05 9 years, 2 months ago

This state pays out enough for public education. The poster who indicates otherwise is way off the mark.Who says the state isn't going for wind power? Anybody in eastern Kansas wouldn't know squat about it as they never travel west of Topeka. If you did you would see in Ellsworth county hundreds and hundreds of wind turbines. There are several areas of Kansas which is investing in wind energy.Stop the stuipid generalizing and speak facts.Some of you people are show YOUR ignorance by things you post.

Bob_Keeshan 9 years, 2 months ago

Thanks for that link XD40.It reminded me of the 5 to 10 posts a day on the Corner during the months of September and October about the impending Obama meltdown and guaranteed McCain victory.

imastinker 9 years, 2 months ago

I'll write her a letter of recommendation!ANything to get her out of here!

Flap Doodle 9 years, 2 months ago

keith, what thread were you meaning to post on?

meggers 9 years, 2 months ago

I like Sebelius as governor, but I don't think she's at all qualified for HHS Secretary. She's done very little in the way of health care reform here in Kansas and I haven't seen any evidence that she understands the complexities of the health care system enough to develop and enact plans for comprehensive reform. Then again, maybe HHS was the only cabinet post she was seriously interested in and Dashle's nomination compelled her to withdraw her name from consideration. I would definitely prefer to see her sit this one out and run for Brownback's Senate seat.

rusty2 9 years, 2 months ago

she probably is smarter than Daschle.

calvin 9 years, 2 months ago

Hopefully she has all of her taxes paid!

Amy Stotts 9 years, 2 months ago

as great as it would be to have her in Obama's cabinet, now is not the time for her to leave Kansas.

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