TSA Nominee Withdraws From Consideration
Erroll Southers, President Obama’s nominee to head the Transportation Security Administration, removed his name from consideration for the post today. It was believed that Senator Harry Reid (D – NV) would force a vote on Southers’ s nomination, leading to a likely confirmation. After facing political opposition from Senator Jim DeMint (R – SC) and scrutiny for initial failure to disclose an inappropriate background check on his ex-wife’s boyfriend in the 1980s, Southers’s nomination was stalled.
With his resignation, Southers released a statement indicating that “it is apparent that this path has been obstructed by political ideology…it is clear that my nomination has become a lightning rod for those who have chosen to push a political agenda at the risk of the safety and security of the American people.” Senator Joseph Lieberman (I – CT) expressed disappointment, indicating in a statement that he felt Southers was “uniquely qualified.” Senator Susan Collins (R – ME) urged the White House to act quickly to put forward a new nominee.