Ron Klain, America’s newly-appointed “Ebola Czar” will return to his real day job next month after a stellar less-than-thirty days on the job. He may have done nothing, but nothing was, apparently, exactly what was desperately needed in the face of a terrifying foreign disease, which Ron swiftly defeated by never actually showing up for a single press conference, or, perhaps, for his entire job at all.
And now, Ron may retire back to his venture capital job, where his only chance of catching a communicable illness will come when he accidentally switches drinks with Leonardo DiCaprio at a Democratic fundraiser.
With the Ebola crisis seemingly in hand, Ron Klain, the veteran political operative the White House plucked from a venture capital gig to coordinate the government’s response, is planning a late-winter return to the private sector.
Klain has committed to former AOL chief Steve Case that by March 1, he’ll be back on the job as president of Case Holdings and general counsel for Case’s venture firm Revolution LLC, Case tells Fortune. An administration official confirmed the plan.
“He has no intention of staying on in any other capacity here at the White House,” the administration official said. “Ron will do the job for which he was appointed and return to Revolution.”
Apparently, there was some “active speculation” that Klain was just getting his foot in the door with the Ebola job, and once he’d proven what a stellar employee he was, eradicating contagious disease from within our borders, he would ask for a promotion, perhaps even an appointment as Counselor to the President, succeeding the current holder of that job, John Podesta. Apparently, though, the former aide to Vice President Joe Biden will fulfill the remainder of his White House duties and return to managing other people’s money in the private sector.
Before he leaves, of course, he’s tasked with one final item. While the threat of Ebola has all but died out across the country, the threat of funding massive programs aimed at preventing another outbreak has not, and the Obama Administration will celebrate their success at containing a disease that was never really uncontained to begin with, by securing Congressional support for a $6.2 billion spending bill to fund a “range of emergency measures” for an emergency that no longer exists. Of course.