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TSA Nominee Withdraws, Blames Politics

From an outraged Associated Press:

TSA nominee withdraws amid ‘political agenda’

By Julie Pace, Associated Press Writer

January 20, 2010

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama’s choice to lead the Transportation Security Administration withdrew his name Wednesday, a blow to an administration trying to explain how a man could attempt to blow up a commercial airliner on Christmas Day.

Erroll Southers said he was pulling out because his nomination had become a lightning rod for those with a political agenda. Obama had tapped Southers, a former FBI agent, to lead the TSA in September but his confirmation has been blocked by Republican Sen. Jim DeMint, who says he was worried that Southers would allow TSA employees to have collective bargaining rights.

Be fair, Mr. DeMint!

How are the TSA going to avoid that 40% tax on their ‘Cadillac’ health insurance programs unless they are able to ‘bargain collectively?’

We can’t all be Amish or Christian Scientists, you know.

In an e-mail to friends and colleagues, Southers said, "It is unfortunate that we are residing in such contentious political times, that exceptional, ‘apolitical’ candidates have to seriously consider their willingness to participate in public service."

It really is a shame that nominations to unimportant positions like this have become so politicized.

We should just stick to politicizing food and the weather.

Questions have also been raised about a reprimand that Southers received for running background checks on his then-estranged wife’s boyfriend two decades ago. Southers wrote a letter to lawmakers earlier this month acknowledging that he had given inconsistent answers to Congress on that issue

A practice that used to be called ‘lying to Congress.’

But only when Republicans are accused of doing it.

The administration has been beset by problems with intelligence and security nominees. It took Obama eight months to nominate people to lead TSA and Customs and Border Protection

Mr. Obama has his priorities.

They do not include the TSA or Border Protection.

By the way, we have heard no reports as to whether Mr. Southers was light-skinned or negro dialect-free enough to suit Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, January 20th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

7 Responses to “TSA Nominee Withdraws, Blames Politics”

  1. Reality Bytes says:

    Remember! Union workers WORK FOR THE UNION NOT THE EMPLOYER. That alone disqualifies any such consideration on matters of national security. What’s next unionize the military?!

  2. proreason says:

    DeMint is my current favorite for President, but who knows what skeletons are in his closet.

    I beleive he is ranked as the most conservative Senator, but the Moron was the most liberal Senator.

    One thing we know for sure, DeMint won’t try to overthrow his own government.

  3. Liberals Demise says:

    To quote JaNo…….”the system worked.”

    Need I say more?

  4. MinnesotaRush says:

    Ya’ did it again, Steve!

    “A practice that used to be called ‘lying to Congress.’

    But only when Republicans are accused of doing it.”

    Right on, right on, right on. And .. truthful!

  5. BillK says:

    I’m waiting for Barry to just go ahead and rename his upcoming speech the “State of the Unions” address.

  6. mr_bill says:

    I hear Bill Clinton still needs somebody to bring him coffee….

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