CHARLESTON, W.Va. — U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito says she wants to see how White House physician Ronny Jackson does when he is questioned by the Senate in connection to being the next secretary of the Veterans Administration. But Capito expressed no major problem with the pick during an appearance on MetroNews “Talkline” Friday.
“I have faith in the President’s ability to assess Admiral Jackson’s ability to run a large agency,” Capito said.
Former VA Secretary David Shulkin stepped down earlier this week.
Capito said a bigger concern for her is the revolving door the VA has become.
“Every president from Obama and Bush that I’ve served under has appointed really capable folks but it’s an enormous bureaucracy and there’s a lot of things that need fixed,” Capito said. “I would support him (Jackson), I think. I have to wait until he testifies in front of the Senate.”
Capito said the priority is to make sure the VA is “delivering the service that our veterans need and were promised and that we want to see move forward.”
Many are considering Jackson a non-partisan pick. Some have criticized his lack of experience in running a large agency. Capito said that could be a good thing.
“Maybe coming in away from the bureaucracy and not having that management experience would put a whole set of new fresh eyes on this,” she said.
Jackson also served as former President Barack Obama’s White House physician. Jackson is a rear admiral in the Navy who served in Iraq.
“He has the medical experience. He’s obviously a military person himself–I think that’s a major plus. Let’s just see how he testifies before the Senate and we’ll make that final judgment,” Capito said.