Bush Taps EPA Chief As Health Secretary

Bush Taps EPA Chief As Health Secretary (ABC News – AP)

President Bush chose Environmental Protection Agency chief Michael Leavitt on Monday to be secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, filling one of the last two openings in his second term Cabinet. Bush praised hm as a “fine executive” and “a man of great compassion.” “He’s an ideal choice to lead one of the largest of the United States government.” Leavitt, Utah’s governor before joining the Bush administration in late 2003, would succeed Tommy Thompson, who recently resigned.

Bush also has to name a new head of the Homeland Security Department to take the place of Bernard Kerik, who abruptly withdrew his nomination Friday night, citing immigration problems with a family housekeeper.

An obscure man for an obscure post, I guess.

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