WIKILEAKS: Ted Kennedy’s Son Wanted To Be Obama’s HHS Secretary


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Michael Bastasch DCNF Managing Editor
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Former Massachusetts Democratic Sen. Ted Kennedy’s son applied to be President Barack Obama’s health secretary, according to emails published online by WikiLeaks.

“As we discussed, I have prepared the attached memo that indicates my interest in serving in the Obama Administration,” Ted Kennedy, Jr. wrote in an October, 2010 email to Democratic power-broker John Podesta.

Kennedy attached a “confidential memorandum” to the email titled “Consideration for Secretary of Health and Human Services.”

“I believe that the next HHS Secretary must understand the complex interrelationships between the public sector, NGO world and the private sector in order to solve the future healthcare challenges that confront our country,” Kennedy wrote in the memo.

“My work experience in all three of these areas provides me with a unique perspective on how to address issues in a collaborative way,” he wrote. “In addition, I also understand how HHS policy priorities and agency rulemaking can apply appropriate incentives in order to solve future challenges that our country will face.”

Kennedy, the son of Sen. Kennedy and President Kennedy’s nephew, is in the Connecticut state Senate and also practiced law with a focus on disability issues. He’s on the board of the American Association of People with Disabilities.

Unfortunately for Kennedy, he did not get the top job at HHS. Obama appointed Kathleen Sebelius to head up HHS, but she was forced to resign in 2014 after the disastrous Obamacare roll out.

Kennedy’s email was one of more than 31,000 hacked from Podesta’s Gmail account. WikiLeaks releases a new batch of emails almost every day since just before the second presidential debate.

Podesta, who now serves as Clinton’s presidential campaign chair, says he was the victim of Russian hackers trying to steer the election towards Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.

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