by Max Brantley
We have calls on answering machines to check this hot neighborhood rumor:
It is that Dr. Joe Thompson, Arkansas's chief medical officer (he's unofficially come to be called the state's surgeon general) is under consideration for the job as U.S. surgeon general, now held on an acting basis by Rear Admiral Kenneth Moritsugu.
Thompson was instrumental in Huckabee administration efforts to expand insurance coverage and encourage healthier lifestyles to combat childhood obesity. The state has claimed some advances in this on the strength of a year's worth of mandated measurements of school children's body mass index. (A law that is under attack in the legislature currently.)
You may recall a previous surgeon general from Arkansas, name of Joycelyn Elders.
Anybody else heard this talk?