When the New York Times tells a liberal Democrat he is no longer wanted, people listen. When a man’s former colleagues in the “clubby” U.S. Senate tell him to withdraw from a top government job for ethical concerns, well, he is past saving….
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Daschle Out; Major Obama Setback
Republican Sen. Jim DeMint on Tuesday called for President Obama to withdraw the nomination of Tom Daschle for health and human services secretary, becoming the first senator to say that the former majority leader’s tax problems are disqualifying.
DeMint told FOX News that Daschle’s failure to pay $134,000 in federal taxes reflects a “problem with integrity” that the government cannot afford to tolerate. DeMint spoke out against Daschle as a number of prominent newspapers, including The New York Times, called for the South Dakota Democrat to drop his bid.
“It’s very unfortunate with Tom Daschle that this has occurred, but the president needs to lead. He needs to step in here and he needs to withdraw this nomination,” the South Carolina Republican said.
DeMint said he came to that conclusion after it became “obvious” that Daschle knew about the tax problems long before his nomination and did nothing to make it right.
“The average American would likely face criminal charges with tax evasion of this size, yet he did not address the issue until he was nominated,” he said.