Sen. Sam Brownback (R-KS) has publicly endorsed retired Air Force general Pete Worden for the position of NASA administrator. Worden, who retired from the Air Force early this year, worked for Brownback until a few weeks ago as a Congressional fellow. “General Worden is a creative thinker who can cut through the stifling bureaucracy in the current space program,” Brownback said in the release. “He can lead NASA and our country’s space program boldly into the future.” Brownback’s backing of Worden has been rumored since early this week, but this is the boldest endorsement of Worden, or any other potential candidate, to date.
Sean O’Keefe has remained noncommittal about any potential choice, Worden included, as his replacement. The Houston Chronicle reported Friday that “when told Thursday that Pete Worden was emerging as a front-runner, he said whatever decision the president makes will be the right one.”