US: ‘Despite NRA’s Negative Onslaught,’ Controversial Surgeon General Pick Squeaks Through Confirmation Vote

Dr. Vivek Murthy, a Harvard Medical School instructor who founded Doctors for Obama (which changed its name to Doctors for America), was nominated by President Obama to be surgeon general in November 2013.

doctors_for_obama_tshirtThe 37-year-old’s nomination stalled amid opposition in the upper chamber, yet was one of the flurry of nominees whose cloture votes were pushed through in the extended weekend Senate session. Today, Murthy was barely confirmed 51-43, with six senators not voting.

The only Republican to vote for Murthy’s confirmation was Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.). Among the nays were Democrats Joe Donnelly (Ind.) and Joe Manchin (W.Va.).

“Our surgeon general serves as America’s leader on public health services and chooses what health policies we should prioritize. For that reason, I don’t believe it’s appropriate for America’s number one doctor to participate in political activism,” Manchin said. “It is essential that the surgeon general gains the public’s trust, so this position must be separated from the political arena”…

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  • Exile1981

    Manchin said. “It is essential that the surgeon general gains the public’s trust, so this position must be separated from the political arena”

    For a democrat he was being honest and truthful.

    This surgeon general has no experience other than as a political hack.

    • Alain

      And has really nothing to do with health either.

  • Clausewitz

    But, but, but, to a Democrat everything is political.

  • Rosenmops

    Obama never hires anyone but political hacks. I’m pretty sure the same thing happens in third world countries and this is why they are third world. It is called corruption.

  • just a thought

    I wonder what he thinks of Mooch’s starvation of our school children with that awful lunch program of hers. If he approves, that alone should have disqualified him.