Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Daschle And Killefer Withdraw As Nominees

Here is the Daschle withdrawal from the Associated Press:

Tom Daschle withdrew his nomination on Tuesday to be President Barack Obama's Health and Human Services secretary, dealing potential blows to both speedy health care reform and Obama's hopes for a smoother start as president.

"Now we must move forward," Obama said in a written statement accepting "with sadness and regret" Daschle's surprise request to be removed from consideration. A day earlier, Obama had said he "absolutely" stood by Daschle in the face of problems over back taxes and potential conflicts of interest.

Here is the Killefer withdrawal from the Associated Press:

Nancy Killefer, who failed for a year and a half to pay employment taxes on household help, has withdrawn her candidacy to be the first chief performance officer for the federal government, the White House said Tuesday.

Killefer was the second major Obama administration nominee to withdraw and the third to have tax problems complicate their nomination after President Barack Obama announced their selection.

"Nancy Killefer has decided to withdraw her nomination, and we accepted her withdrawal," Tommy Vietor, a White House spokesman, said Tuesday. The 55-year-old executive with consulting giant McKinsey & Co., was expected to explain her reasons for pulling out later in the day.

When her selection was announced by Obama on Jan. 7, The Associated Press disclosed that in 2005 the District of Columbia government had filed a $946.69 tax lien on her home for failure to pay unemployment compensation tax on household help.

So, in this administration not paying taxes excludes a nominee from being HHC Secretary or Performance Czar. However, the problem of not paying taxes is not as important in the position of Treasury Secretary in charge of the IRS? Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner needs to do the right thing and submit his resignation.

For more on ethics in Washington read today's Daily Vu: Reforming Washington Is Just A Campaign Game

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