Sirota slams short-lived candidacy of Raimondo as Biden's health secretary

Daily Poster founder David Sirota slammed the short-lived candidacy of Rhode Island Gov. Gina RaimondoGina RaimondoChinese apps could face subpoenas, bans under Biden executive order: report US, EU establish trade and technology council to compete with China On World Oceans Day, we need a sea change MORE (D) as  President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenChinese apps could face subpoenas, bans under Biden executive order: report OVERNIGHT ENERGY:  EPA announces new clean air advisors after firing Trump appointees |  Senate confirms Biden pick for No. 2 role at Interior | Watchdog: Bureau of Land Management saw messaging failures, understaffing during pandemic Poll: Majority back blanket student loan forgiveness MORE's pick for Health and Human Services (HHS) secretary. 

Raimondo said on Thursday that she was not going to be Biden’s nominee for the top health post after she had emerged as a top contender for the position. However, her nomination was quickly slammed by progressives.

Sirota said on Hill.TV’s "Rising", that Raimondo's candidacy showed that Biden’s transition team is not “taking into account the potential downsides of some of these candidates.”

“She had Medicaid cuts in Rhode Island. Rhode Island is one of the places where the COVID outbreak has been the worst, and one of the worst managed," he said. 


“We obtained documents showing that when healthcare lobbyists went to her and asked her for an executive order giving legal liability shields to nursing homes, she snapped and did that immediately, even amid the death toll that was exploding in her state,” Sirota added. 

Sirota continued to say that if the nominee for HHS secretary was in a position of oversight during the pandemic, “they’re going to have to face tough questions about whether they managed that situation properly.”