Kennedy Questions Kentuckian Nominated As Surgeon General

WASHINGTON (AP) - Senator Edward Kennedy is raising new questions about whether the post of surgeon general is too political and if Dr. James Holsinger of Kentucky is the right candidate.

A U-S Senate committee is preparing to consider whether the 68-year-old Lexington cardiologist should be the next surgeon general.

Kennedy said in a statement issued by his office that he's disappointed that the administration looked past many talented physicians who have a record of bringing people together. He said Holsinger's record appears to guarantee a polarizing and divisive nomination process.

Kennedy is chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, which will hold Holsinger's confirmation hearing tomorrow. The nominee has drawn fire from some critics about his stance against homosexuality through his work with the national United Methodist Church.

He has declined to comment while his nomination is pending.

Kennedy's comments followed testimony from three former surgeons general yesterday before the House Oversight and Government Reform
Committee. They said the office has been increasingly politicized in recent years.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by Karen Location: Berea on Jul 11, 2007 at 08:39 AM
    God bless Dr Holsinger. God will ordain this appointment if it will further The Kingdom. In the meantime, pray for clarity and peace during the proceedings.
  • by Sam Location: Richmond on Jul 11, 2007 at 06:31 AM
    And I raise a question about Edward Kennedy being a US Senator. Teddy along with RFK, Jr. and various other rascals from the Kennedy family just go to prove that after JFK and RFK the hopes of a new generation were ended.

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