Members of Florida’s Congressional delegation who met with President Obama during his trip to the state to help sell the stimulus package tell the Orlando Sentinel and Florida Today that the president has narrowed down his list of candidates to be the next NASA administrator. The Sentinel says that Obama is down to four names, while Florida Today reports that he said “several names are under consideration”, but in neither case did he give any names and other hints. (He did ask Congresswoman Suzanne Kosmas is she had any suggestions; she told Florida Today that she didn’t specify anyone in particular to the president other than the administrator needs to be an “advocate of manned space exploration”, a criterion Obama said he’d support.)
So who might those four (or several) be? If reports like the article Saturday in the Wall Street Journal are to be believed, Lester Lyles is likely one of them. So may be Jonathan Scott Gration, the sure bet in mid-January who since faded, but is still under consideration according to the Journal report. And the rest? Whoever they are, one thing is probably a safe guess: their tax records are being thoroughly reviewed.