Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Still Looking for a TSA Head

TSA nominee Erroll Southers withdraws "President Obama's nominee to lead the Transportation Security Administration withdrew from consideration on Wednesday, saying his nomination was 'obstructed by political ideology.'"

Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) opposed him for fear he would allow TSA workers to unionize. Then there were discrepancies in his descriptions of a 20 year old incident where as an FBI employee he inappropriately accessed criminal records about his ex-wife's current boyfriend. He admitted the wrongdoing (and I think was censured at the time) but in telling Congress apparently got specifics wrong about whether he did the search or had someone else do it for him.

"Through a spokeswoman, Homeland Security Committee Chairman Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman (I-Conn.) expressed disappointment with Southers's decision. "The senator thought the combination of his law enforcement and aviation security skills uniquely qualified him to lead the TSA," a spokeswoman said."

"Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), the panel's ranking Republican and the only lawmaker to ever publicly question Southers about the incident, said, "It is critically important that the White House act quickly to nominate someone with qualifications and reputation which are beyond reproach to lead this agency.""

I think our standards might be too high. I don't know anyone who is perfect. DeMint's objections were just crazy, you can disagree on the policy, but that doesn't disqualify him. Calling someone out on a minor mistake from 20 years ago that he takes responsibility for isn't right either.

1 comment:

Kevin said...

Considering the political shills that GWB had in place I find the scrutiny that president Obama's nominees are getting disturbing.