Tom Daschle is out. He withdrew his nomination.Daschle withdraws as nominee for HHS secretary
Feb 3 01:37 PM US/Eastern
WASHINGTON (AP) - Tom Daschle withdrew his nomination on Tuesday to be President Barack Obama's Health and Human Services secretary, dealing potential blows to both speedy health care reform and Obama's hopes for a smoother start as president.
"Now we must move forward," Obama said in a written statement accepting "with sadness and regret" Daschle's surprise request to be removed from consideration. A day earlier, Obama had said he "absolutely" stood by Daschle in the face of problems over back taxes and potential conflicts of interest. [...]
And also out is Nancy Killefer, nominated by Obama to be the government's first chief performance officer. Similar issue - payroll taxes on her own personal employees.
Meanwhile, 'Girls Gone Wild' pornographer, Joe Francis, is arrested for tax fraud. I guess he should have asked Obama for a cabinet position.
I must return to a quote from a different Tom; a quote from Tom DeLay
: "...Democrats re-elect the people with their problems; the Republicans kick them out."