Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney has named top party fundraiser Dr. Akshay Desai, chief executive officer of St. Petersburg, Fla.-based Universal Health Care Group, Inc., one of seven national co-chairs of his newly formed “Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders for Romney” committee.
The Romney campaign announced the initial members of the committee Aug. 2. Former Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao was named the national chair. Desai is the only South Asian American among the seven individuals named co-chairs.
A former appointee of President George W. Bush to the White House Commission on Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders, where he served from 2005-2008 and chaired the commission’s health committee, Desai was appointed in February of this year to chair the Republican Party of Florida’s finance committee. He also serves on the national GOP finance committee.
“As a businessman, I know all too well what it takes to make it in the private sector,” Desai said in a statement. “When I hear President Obama tell small business people that ‘somebody else’ made their success happen, I know that he is not cut out to turn around our economy. Mitt Romney is the change we so desperately need, and I look forward to having him in the White House.”