$anjay Gupta Out of the Running for Surgeon General — Cha-Ching!

CNN Where are you?  Fox News is reporting that Sanjay Gupta may have taken his own name out of the mix for Surgeon General….He apparently does do the math, unlike Timothy Geithner, and has decided he makes too much money at CNN to help out his president and his country…….What a great American!  Cha-Ching!

http://michellemalkin.com/2009/03/05/pag
ing-another-tv-doctor-paging-another-tv-doctor/

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Despite the initial fanfare, Sanjay Gupta looks to be out of the running for the post of surgeon general, according to the director of the group representing Gupta’s would-be health team. 

Jerry Farrell, who heads the Commissioned Officers Association, told FOXNews.com Thursday that CNN’s chief medical correspondent is known to have taken himself out of consideration. 

“The general consensus from everybody is Gupta is no longer in contention … it’s more he’s withdrawing himself,” Farrell said, citing conversations he’s had with “well-placed” individuals. 

SanjayFarrell’s group represents the Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service, which the surgeon general oversees. 

He said hopeful candidates have been calling his organization’s office since last week expressing their interest in the post after word got out that “the bidding process was open again.” 

A spokeswoman for CNN had no comment on Gupta’s standing, and Farrell said he has not spoken with Gupta personally. 

But considering two months have passed since CNN acknowledged Gupta was being vetted for the post, information about the progress of the surgeon general nomination is curiously scarce in Washington. 

“No one has yet been nominated or confirmed for the surgeon general position, and we’ve heard nothing,” said Jennifer Buschick, a spokeswoman with the Office of the Surgeon General. 

“We never [announced] a candidate for the post, and I don’t have any updates at this time,” a White House aide wrote in an e-mail to FOXNews.com. 

Farrell said he’s been told Gupta had misgivings about both the pay-cut he would have to take and the fact that he might be reporting to two high-level bosses. 

Gupta’s name surfaced after President Obama had tapped former Sen. Tom Daschle to be health secretary and the head of the new White House Office of Health Reform. Farrell said Gupta was apparently offered a dual position in the White House health reform office as well — and would have been serving under Daschle in both cases. 

But after Daschle withdrew his name because of tax problems, Obama subsequently nominated separate candidates for health secretary and health reform office director — meaning Gupta could have had two different bosses with different sets of priorities. 

“The parameters of the job were no longer clear and perhaps not as appealing,” Farrell said. “I just think the ground shifted underneath Dr. Gupta.” 

Then there was the pay cut. 

As surgeon general, Gupta would make about $153,000, according to public information on federal salaries. It’s unclear what Gupta’s contracts are currently worth, but the surgeon general salary would be considerably less. 

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ays/2009/03/05/gupta-running-surgeon-general/

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