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TSA Nominee Withdraws His Name

President Obama’s nominee to head the Transportation Safety Administration (TSA), retired Army Gen. Robert A. Harding, has withdrawn his name for consideration. Senators questioned his personal dealings with military contractors. “Distractions caused by my work as a defense contractor would not be good for this Administration nor the Department of Homeland Security,” Harding said in a late-evening statement released by the White House. Harding had advised President Obama during his transition on intelligence matters. “The president is disappointed in this outcome,” Obama spokesman Nicholas Shapiro said in a prepared statement.

This is the second time an Obama nominee has withdrawn his name from consideration. Errol Southers withdraw because of frustration of Republican stalling techniques and concerns that he gave misleading information to Congress and the White House leading up to his nomination.

The position to lead the TSA remains unfilled since President Obama took office.

Read more at the Washington Post.

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