The Obama administration has hired Planned Parenthood’s spokesman for a communications position that will likely involve hot-button issues like abortion and contraception.
Tait Sye has accepted a job with the Department of Health and Human Services after heading the organization’s press office for four years, Politico reported Friday afternoon. The job involves assisting with communications for the Food and Drug Administration, the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
HHS has so far declined to comment on Mr. Sye’s employment.
The news is not likely to be received well by Republicans and conservatives, who have repeatedly tried to cut off Planned Parenthood’s federal funding and view the group with deep suspicion for the abortion services it offers.
Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the conservative group Susan B. Anthony List, said the move will be an easy transition for Mr. Tye.
“Frankly, this is not surprising,” she said. “Planned Parenthood and HHS have practically become synonymous so there will be very little – if any – learning curve.”