Judging by Mark Halperin’s story that McCain advisers are pushing for the selection of someone entirely off the “Media’s Lists,” the only person that fits the requirements listed is former Surgeon General under President George HW Bush Vice Admiral Antonia Novello of New York.
Here are the qualities some McCain advisers believe he should seek and find in his running mate:1. Business background2. Military service3. Never run for office before4. No connection to President BushAdded advantages:1. Catholic2. Female
I’m not advocating that he select Novello for VP, although if McCain decides political experience isn’t neccessary and really wants to shake the race up, Antonia Novello would be a very interesting pick. Serious political junkies should know the name either from her days as Surgeon General or back in 2006 when her name was floated as a possible challenger to Senator Hillary Clinton. Those rumors never amounted to anything except for the simple fact that Novello may be at the very least is not completely averse to entering politics as a candidate.
Her advantages as a candidate are aplenty. She was born in Puerto Rico, which would help her among hispanics. She would have obvious support among women. Shew was the first female surgeon General.
She appears to be a social conservative judging from her policies as Surgeon General. From wikipedia:
Novello was appointed Surgeon General by President George H. W. Bush, beginning her tenure on March 9, 1990 and was appointed to the temporary rank of Vice Admiral in the regular corps while holding that office. She was the first woman and the first Hispanic to hold the position.During her tenure as Surgeon General, VADM Novello focused her attention on the health of women, children and minorities, as well as on underage drinking, smoking, and AIDS. She played an important role in launching the Healthy Children Ready to Learn Initiative. She was actively involved in working with other organizations to promote immunization of children and childhood injury prevention efforts. She spoke out often and forcefully about illegal underage drinking, and called upon the United States Department of Health and Human Services Inspector General to issue a series of eight reports on the subject.Novello also similarly worked to discourage illegal tobacco use by young people, and repeatedly criticized the tobacco industry for appealing to the youth market through the use of cartoon characters such as Joe Camel. A workshop that she convened led to the emergence of a National Hispanic/Latino Health Initiative.Novello remained in the post of Surgeon General through June 30, 1993. After leaving office, Novello decided to remain in the regular corps of the Public Health Service and was assigned the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Special Representative for Health and Nutrition from 1993 to 1996 reverting back to her permanent rank of Rear Admiral (upper half). In 1996, RADM Novello became Visiting Professor of Health Policy and Management at the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health. She retired from the Public Health Service and the PHSCC shortly after. Dr. Novello served as Commissioner of Health for the State of New York from 1999 to 2007.In 2002, Dr. Novello was awarded the James Smithson Bicentennial Medal. Dr. Novello was also presented with the Legion of Merit Medal by the United States Secretary of State Colin Powell.
Her business experience is not clear, although, in 2006, she was named a finalist for the Hispanic Business magazine Woman of the Year Award and was featured in the April 2006 issue.