Sebelius ‘top choice’ for HHS secretary, paper says

Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius is President Obama’s top choice for Health and Human Services secretary, The New York Times reported Wednesday based on information provided by unnamed advisers.

The story said no final decision had been made. An excerpt:

“It remained unclear whether the White House would finish vetting Ms. Sebelius in time to nominate her by next week. Advisers described her as ‘the leading candidate,’ although they said other names were still in discussion and emphasized that no final decision had been made.”

Sebelius spokesman Beth Martino said the governor is focused “on the budget, the economy and the federal stimulus.”

“She has the job to be the governor of Kansas and that is the job she is focused on.”

Sebelius will be in Washington, D.C., for a National Governor’s Association meeting this weekend.