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Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Daschle Withdraws His Name For Secretary of Health and Human Services

Tom Daschle has withdrawn his name for the nomination for Obama's new secretary of health and human services, due to the problematic nature his ethics conduct and tax issues.

Yesterday we showed a video of Obama defending Daschle, but after Daschle asked his name be withdrawn, Obama accepted his request.

This was just announced on television, online link to CBS2 Chicago, here.

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

"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.

Seems many of Obama's picks lately have had some serious ethical problems.

What does that say about Barack Obama's judgment in the first place?

More on Nancy Killefer found at The Swamp and her withdrawal.