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Tufts Health Plan CEO no longer in running for Social Security post

WASHINGTON -- As fitting as it may have been to have a Roosevelt oversee the Social Security Administration, Tufts Health Plan chief executive James Roosevelt Jr. has quietly pulled himself from consideration to run the program his grandfather, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, signed into law in 1935.

Roosevelt said in an interview Monday that he told the White House back in April that he did not wish to remain under consideration because the administration had yet to make a selection. He had a company to run, and speculation of his departure since his name surfaced in January as a possible Social Security commissioner had become a distraction, he said.

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