Sources: CDC chief top candidate for Surgeon General
March 18, 1997
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Dr. David Satcher, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is the top candidate for the long-vacant Surgeon General's post, according to CNN sources.
Satcher, a widely respected public health specialist, has all but been offered the job, according to sources inside and outside the administration.
Still to be resolved is whether Satcher would only occupy the U.S. Surgeon General's office or whether, in addition, he would also be the Assistant Secretary for Health, giving him more authority for public health policy.
The White House is said to be deliberating how broad the Surgeon General's authority should be.
Neither Satcher nor others at the CDC would comment about the possible job shift.
The position has been vacant since December 1994, when Dr. Joycelyn Elders was forced to resign because of her controversial positions on sex education and drug use.
President Clinton's nomination of Dr. Henry Foster, a gynecologist, was scuttled in controversy over the number of abortions he had performed during his career.
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