Saturday, December 11, 2004
You just can't make this stuff up! Kerik withdraws
Bush's nominee to head Homeland Security has withdrawn. According to AFP, his withdrawal had nothing to do with this—
His withdrawal as Homeland Security chief-designate came amid reports of potential conflicts of interest between his private sector business activities since then and his new post.
It didn't even have anything to do with hints of theft and fraud in the sale of cigarettes to prisoners.
No. It's another Nannygate—
In a statement, Kerik said that while completing documents for confirmation hearings, he had discovered "information that now leads me to question the immigration status of a person who had been in my employ as a housekeeper and nanny."
"It has also been brought to my attention that for a period of time during such employment, required tax payments and related filings had not been made," Kerik said.
If an illegal nanny (housemaid, gardener) is now the disqualifier, Bush is going to have to seek among the childless or the lower classes for his appointments. In Kerik's case, I have the feeling he was delighted to find an excuse to get out of the spotlight. The limelight wasn't flattering.