Raimondo says she won’t be HHS secretary


Her decision threatens to scramble Biden’s plans for the HHS secretary role. On Wednesday, people close to the transition told POLITICO that they viewed Raimondo as a leading contender for the job after New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham fell out of favor with Biden’s camp.

Another top HHS candidate, former Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, is already planning to return to the surgeon general role under Biden and handle a broader portfolio that includes serving as a top medical expert and public face of the administration’s pandemic response.

Biden had been planning to roll out a slate of senior health care picks as early as Monday that included his choice for HHS secretary.

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