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Fire Fauci and split up his job duties, says Sen. Rand Paul

Anthony Fauci
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Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, pauses while speaking during a Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee hearing on Capitol Hill, Thursday, Nov. 4, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Kentucky senator Rand Paul is upping the ante in his ongoing feud with Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. The Republican lawmaker now wants Fauci terminated and his position farmed out to different institutes.

What began as testy tussles in hearings and escalated to mutual accusations of distortions and lying has now come to legislative blows.

In a Fox News op-ed, Paul says he believes he can force a vote on an amendment that would oust Fauci and divvy up his job duties among at trio of new institutes. Each, the lawmaker writes, would be led by a director appointed by the president and confirmed by the Senate for five-year terms. Paul argues the move would create more accountability.

A vocal critic of mandates and other pandemic policies, Paul writes he’s concerned Fauci has too much say in those matters.

We’ve learned a lot over the past two years, but one lesson in particular is that no one person should be deemed "dictator in chief."
Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY)

Dr. Fauci has said Paul's claims have kindled "the crazies out there" and led critics to resort to more extreme measures.

"I have threats upon my life, harassment of my family and my children with obscene phone calls because people are lying about me."
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, at a January 2022 hearing

Democrat Charles Booker, who is running to unseat Paul, tweeted Monday that Kentucky’s United States Senators “need to be replaced.”

Fauci has served under seven presidents since being appointed in 1984.

Josh James fell in love with college radio at Western Kentucky University's student station, New Rock 92 (now Revolution 91.7). After working as a DJ and program director, he knew he wanted to come home to Lexington and try his hand in public radio.