Biden Picks a Culture Warrior to Run HHS in the Middle of a Pandemic

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra speaks at a media conference in Los Angeles, Calif., August 2, 2018. (Lucy Nicholson/Reuters)
Xavier Becerra was selected for one reason above all others: abortion.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE P resident-elect Joe Biden has selected Xavier Becerra, the attorney general of California, to be his first secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services.

What are Becerra’s qualifications to run the most important federal agency at the peak of the worst pandemic in a century?

Becerra, a former congressman, has no experience working at HHS and no medical background. He has never been chief executive of a state, or even of a large, complex organization.

“Some medical experts, who have been pushing the Biden team to name people with medical or public health expertise to serve in health leadership positions, were caught

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