CDC Director Should Resign, GOP Lawmakers Say
The resignation calls have begun. Two Republican members of Congress have joined FOX News host Bill O'Reilly in calling for Centers for Disease Control Director Tom Frieden to step, saying the nation's top disease-fighter hasn't been alarmed enough about the possible spread of the deadly Ebola virus.
"This Ebola situation is beginning to spiral beyond control. The reports my colleagues and I have received are utterly unacceptable and the information provided to the public has been cryptic and in some cases misleading," Representative Tom Marino said in a statement issued today. "This has provided a false sense of security to many of our citizens. That is exactly the opposite of the CDC Director's primary responsibilities—to communicate clearly and honestly. I have no ill will towards him personally but he should resign his position effective immediately."
Marino tied his call, issued less than three weeks before the mid-term election, to what he said is a pattern of President Barack Obama failing to appreciate the danger of Ebola.
"President Obama cannot tell the American people, as he has so often, that he underestimated this threat," Marino said. "We must get this right."
Texas Representative Pete Sessions echoed Marino, and when asked Wednesday whether Frieden should be fired, replied, "My opinion is yes."
Earlier this week, O'Reilly touched off a battle of the FOX Primetime stars by calling for Frieden to step down. His colleague, Greta Van Susteren said on her program that she disagreed. O'Reilly is "dead wrong," she said last night.