Conyers Raps Obama Surgeon General Pick

Gupta 'lacks the requisite experience,' congressman charges
By Marie Morris,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 8, 2009 3:27 PM CST

Barack Obama's apparent choice for surgeon general, Sanjay Gupta, is drawing fire from within his own party, ABC News reports. John Conyers of Michigan, the House Judiciary Committee chair, sent a letter to his fellow legislators today encouraging them to join him in protesting the nomination of the CNN fixture as "not in the best interests of the nation"—and spelling the celebrity neurosurgeon's first name "Sunjay."

"I join in opposition with respected Noble [sic] Peace Prize award wining economist Paul Krugman, who has very serious concerns," Conyers wrote. Conyers' opposition is technically moot, the American Prospect notes, because only the Senate votes on surgeon-general nominees.
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