Obama's New Ebola Czar Was Deeply Involved in Solyndra Scandal
Bridget Johnson reported earlier that President Obama has appointed Ron Klain to become Ebola czar.
Klain's career is not in medicine, epidemiology, or any field related to disease control or prevention.
Klain is a laywer, a K Street lobbyist, and a career Democrat party operative. Klain is not a doctor. He is a Democrat loyalist.
Not only was he involved in Al Gore's 2000 election recount as Bridget reported, Klain was involved in the Obama administration's Solyndra debacle.
In January 2012, ABC News reported that Klain, then Vice President Joe Biden's chief of staff, was right in the middle of the administration's poor and controversial handling of Solyndra's bankruptcy.
Senior White House officials knew in late October 2010 that government-backed Solyndra was planning to lay off nearly 20 percent of its workforce just prior to the congressional elections the next month, recently released e-mails show.
E-mails released by the White House last week showed that Heather Zichal, an energy aide to President Barack Obama, relayed the news about the Fremont-based solar firm's planned layoffs to top White House officials, including Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer and senior adviser Valerie Jarrett and Vice Presidential Chief of Staff Ron Klain.
Later in the same story...
Obama visited Solyndra in May 2010, as e-mails showed his top advisers, including Jarrett and Klain, knew about Solyndra's precarious financial condition. During his visit, Obama hailed Solyndra, telling factory workers, "The true engine of economic growth will always be companies like Solyndra."
In another story, ABC details Klain's role:
On May 24, 2010 — two days before the president’s visit — California businessman Steve Westley emailed senior White House adviser Valerie Jarrett, referencing the audit and saying the visit might “haunt him in the next 18 months if Solyndra hits the wall, files for bankruptcy, etc.”
Jarrett reached out to Ron Klain, then the chief of staff to Vice President Biden, saying that “we clearly need to make sure that they are stable and solid.”
Klain contacted Energy Department officials and then wrote back to Jarrett, saying “Sounds like there are some risk factors here – but that’s true of any innovative company that POTUS would visit. It looks like it is OK to me, but if you feel otherwise, let me know.”
“I’m comfortable if you’re comfortable,” Jarrett wrote back.
Responded Klain: “The reality is that if POTUS visited 10 such places over the next 10 months, probably a few would be belly-up by election day 2012 – but that to me is the reality of saying that we want to help promote cutting edge, new economy industries.”
By October, Summers, Klain, and director of the Office of Energy and Climate Policy Carol Browner wrote a six-page memorandum to the President about the loan guarantee program, detailing the fights between the Department of Energy and OMB and giving the president four options to deal with the program, one of which would have terminated it altogether, seeking congressional approval to move the funds into a Department of Energy grant program.
The Washington Post reports that Klain "dismissed auditor's concerns about Solyndra's solvency" in 2010, "reasoning that all innovative companies come with risk." In Solyndra's case, the risk was borne by the US taxpayer in the form of government-backed loans.
Solyndra filed for bankruptcy in August 2011, just over a year after Klain dismissed concerns about its viability, and failed to warn President Obama about its financial condition.