Ramstad won't be national drug czar

While former Rep. Jim Ramstad had a good shot at the spot, President Obama will nominate Seattle Police Chief Gil Kerlikowske to be director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, ABC news is reporting (via MNPublius).

Ramstad, a Minnesota Republican who retired from his House seat this year, is a recovering addict and had his mental health parity bill finally pass this last session in Congress. Ramstad served nine terms in the House.

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Kerlikowske, president of the Major Cities Chiefs Association, is former deputy director for the Justice's Department's COPS program, or the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, which provided grants to put more police officers on the streets and was championed by Vice President Joe Biden, then the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Crime in Seattle is at a 40-year low. Known as a proponent of gun control, Kerlikowske has argued in favor of increased police use of Taser stun guns.

Ramstad will be spending the beginning of this year at Harvard University's Institute of Politics. He is one of five resident fellows who will lead weekly study groups this spring.

MNPublius says that by being passed up for the drug czar position, Ramstad is in a better position to run for Minnesota governor if Pawlenty chooses not to run for reelection.

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