Editorial: Senators should embrace Bob McDonald

Cincinnati Enquirer

This opinion is on behalf of the editorial board: Publisher Margaret Buchanan, Editor Carolyn Washburn, and writers Cindi Andrews, Krista Ramsey and Julie Zimmerman.

One of Cincinnati’s finest is headed to Capitol Hill on Tuesday, and we urge our elected leaders to give him the support he will need there.

The Senate is holding confirmation hearings for Bob McDonald, former CEO of Procter & Gamble, to lead the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

We applaud McDonald’s willingness to take on the herculean job of cleaning up the VA and ensuring that our veterans get quality, timely care.

McDonald is not only highly qualified – having led an $80 billion company and more than 120,000 employees – but his voluntary leadership on the icons tax issue is just the most recent example of his commitment to civic service.

President Barack Obama made a good choice.

If confirmed by the Senate, McDonald will succeed Eric Shinseki, a retired general who resigned amid a scandal over lengthy delays for service at veterans’ hospitals.

McDonald graduated from West Point, and his father served in World War II. He isn’t a military or health care expert, but he knows how to move a large ship of an organization.

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