Westporter May Be Next HHS Secretary

The latest high-profile vacancy in Washington may be filled by a Westporter.

Dr. Scott Gottlieb

The New York TimesMSNBC and other sources have mentioned Scott Gottlieb as a possible replacement for Tom Price. The Health and Human Services secretary resigned under pressure yesterday, after criticism for spending over $400,000 on private jet flights.

In March, President Trump nominated Dr. Gottlieb as director of the Food and Drug Administration. He previously served in that agency, and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. He was a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and a respected health policy analyst.

Gottlieb was also a clinical assistant professor at New York University School of Medicine, and an internist at Tisch Hospital.

At the time of his appointment, there was speculation that his ties to the drug industry and his role at New Enterprise Associates — a large venture capital firm that invests heavily in medical technology and healthcare companies — might hurt his chances. However, he was confirmed easily.

Whether he is named to the cabinet post or not, Gottlieb is already the most powerful Westporter in Washington since James Comey, former head of the FBI.

Interestingly, Comey’s actions during the 2016 election may have been one of the reasons Trump was in a position to hire Price — and now, possibly, Gottlieb — at all.

When he was nominated to head the FDA, Dr. Scott Gottlieb’s profile page proudly displayed a photo of Westport.


7 responses to “Westporter May Be Next HHS Secretary

  1. Please stop insinuating “Comey’s actions” resulted in HRC’s defeat.

  2. Thanks Dan, interesting article. I live in DC, I’ll have to catch up with him.

  3. Nancy Hunter’s comments never cease to amaze me. I believe she fits the definition of a troll exceedingly well.

    It seems that she didn’t pay enough attention to the fine English teachers at Staples. The correct conjugation is: “If I WERE…”

    • Whether “was” or “were” (who cares?), I stand by my comment, a comment you may choose to ignore.

  4. Alex Kuhnner

    I’m not so sure of this story… his tweets are boring, his articles are scientific, he wants the FDA to expand it’s regulations, he doesn’t seem to say anything controversial, and he seems qualified. Any one of those seems to rule out candidates in this administration.