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Daschle Out; Major Obama Setback

February 3, 2009

Tom Daschle has withdrawn his name from consideration as President Barack Obama’s nominee as Secretary of Housing and Human Sevices.

President Obama said he accepted Daschle’s decision “with sadness and regret.”

This morning The New York Times editorial board said, “We believe that Mr. Daschle ought to step aside and let the president choose a less-blemished successor.”
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The Chicago Tribune said that “Daschle is dispensable” and suggested that “to proclaim high standards and then suspend them exposes Obama to charges that he is either hypocritical or obtuse.”

This is a setback for the president and the administration that has vowed to have the most ethical government ever….

The BBC called Daschle’s pull-out “the latest setback for Mr. Obama.”

Tom Daschle apologized for making mistakes on his tax records.

Tom Daschle apologized for making mistakes on his tax records.

Earlier today the president’s nominee to be the first chief performance officer for the federal government, Nancy Killefer, who failed for a year and a half to pay employment taxes on household help, withdrew her candidacy.

Just yesterday, when asked if he still wanted Daschle at HHS, President Obama said, “Absolutely.”

“Tim Geitner got a pass for not paying his taxes,” Chris Wallace of Fox News  said, “but a lot of people now have serious concerns” about Tom Daschle, the president’s nominee as HHS Secretary.

Geithner is now Treasury Secretary.

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From Associated Press:

 Tom Daschle withdrew his nomination on Tuesday to be President Barack Obama‘s Health and Human Services secretary, faced with problems over back taxes and potential conflicts of interest.

“Now we must move forward,” Obama said in a written statement accepting Daschle’s request to be taken out of consideration. A day earlier, Obama had said he “absolutely” stood by Daschle.

Daschle, the former Senate Democratic leader, said he would have not been able to operate “with the full faith of Congress and the American people.”

“I am not that leader, and will not be a distraction” to Obama’s agenda, he said.

His stunning statement came less than three hours after another Obama nominee also withdrew from consideration, and also over tax problems. Nancy Killefer, nominated by Obama to be the government’s first chief performance officer, said she didn’t want her bungling of payroll taxes on her household help to be a distraction.

Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and Daschle’s former Democratic colleagues had rallied to his defense in the wake of questions about a series of tax issues. Last month, Daschle paid $128,203 in back taxes and $11,964 in interest.

Former Senator Tom Daschle testifies before the Senate Health, ...

“Tom made a mistake, which he has openly acknowledged,” Obama said. “He has not excused it, nor do I. But that mistake and this decision cannot diminish the many contributions Tom has made to this country.”

Daschle also was facing questions about potential conflicts of interests related to the speaking fees he accepted from health care interests. Daschle also provided advice to health insurers and hospitals through his post-Senate work at a law firm.

The withdrawal comes after Republicans and major newspapers questioned Obama’s decision to stick with Daschle.

Republican Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina said Obama was “losing credibility” with his statements in support of Daschle. “Part of leadership is recognizing when there has been a mistake made and responding quickly,” the Republican said.

In an editorial, The New York Times described Daschle’s ability to move “cozily between government and industry” as a cloud over any role he might play in changing the nation’s health care system.

The Chicago Tribune opined that “Daschle is dispensable” and suggested that “to proclaim high standards and then suspend them exposes Obama to charges that he is either hypocritical or obtuse.”

From CNN:
http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS
/02/03/daschle/index.html

http://michellemalkin.com/2009/0
2/03/tom-daschles-other-tax-problem/

Bill Richardson Exits Obama Cabinet Under The Cloud of Possible Corruption

January 4, 2009

New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson says he is withdrawing his nomination to be President-elect Barack Obamas commerce secretary amid a grand jury investigation.

Obama said in a statement Sunday that he accepted Richardson’s withdrawal “with deep regret” but that the governor was putting the nation first to avoid any delay in filling the Cabinet post.

A federal grand jury is investigating how a California company that contributed to Richardson’s political activities won a New Mexico state contract worth more than $1 billion.

Richardson said in a statement issued by Obama’s transition office that the investigation could take weeks or months and he couldn’t ask Obama to delay the Commerce Department’s work. Richardson said the investigation will show that he “acted properly in all matters.”

Richardson’s withdrawal was the first disruption of Obama’s Cabinet process and the second “pay-to-play” investigation that has touched Obama’s transition to the presidency. The president-elect has remained above the fray in both the case of arrested Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich and the New Mexico case.

–Associated Press

Read the entire report:
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/richardson

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From The New York Times:
The Richardson withdrawal, first reported Sunday afternoon by NBC News, raises questions about the thoroughness of the Obama team’s vetting process, which had been touted as one of the most stringent ever. Stories about the investigation of the CDR contract and of the donations by David Rubin — the president of CDR and a major Democratic contributor — to the Richardson-linked political action committees have appeared in news reports at least since August.

Read the entire article:
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/05/us/
politics/05richardson.html?_r=1&hp

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US President-elect Barack Obama (L) listens to New Mexico Governor ... 
US President-elect Barack Obama (L) listens to New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson after announcing Richardson as his nominee for commerce secretary during a news conference in Chicago December 3, 2008.(John Gress/Reuters)