Now that Sean O’Keefe’s resignation is official, there are plenty of rumors and speculation about who will succeed him. NASA Watch has compiled a number of names, including the five people mentioned earlier as well as a couple of new candidates: Craig Steidle and Pete Worden. (Worden would seem to be an unconventional choice, particularly given his antipathy for the shuttle.)
The name that initially emerged as the leading candidate was Ronald Kadish, the retired Air Force lieutenant general. One person not supportive of Kadish, though, is Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL), who told Florida Today that he felt Kadish was “prone to overstatement with regard to technical advances and accomplishments” when he testified before Congress during his tenure at the Missile Defense Agency.
Rep. Tom Feeney (R-FL) didn’t tell the Orlando Sentinel which of the potential candidates he favors to take over NASA, but he did describe what kind of person that should be: “I think we need a combination of someone who’s a visionary, and also is able to sell the vision and market it to the public.”