GOP Lawmakers Call for CDC Director to Resign

Two Republican lawmakers are calling for the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to resign after it was reported a second healthcare worker in Dallas contracted the virus.

Rep. Tom Marino (R-Pa.) said CDC Director Tom Frieden should resign “immediately,” faulting the health agency’s communications.

In a statement, he charged that information released to the public has been “cryptic and in some cases misleading,” lending to a “false sense of security.”

“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,” he said.

Separately, Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Texas), when pressed by conservative radio host Laura Ingraham on her show if Frieden should resign, said, “My opinion is yes.”

Sessions, chairman of the House Rules Committee, called Dallas “ground zero” for Ebola and charged that the Obama administration has been playing defense.

Sessions and Marino made the comments the same day it was announced the second health worker had contracted Ebola. That worker also traveled from Cleveland to Dallas a day before showing symptoms of the disease, but after treating Thomas Eric Duncan, who died from Ebola last week.