Obama cabinet nominees withdraw over tax issues
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
|I think I screwed up.|
—President Barack Obama
Former Senator Tom Daschle from South Dakota withdrew after it was revealed he failed to pay US$128,203 in taxes. He has since made the payment including a $11,964 interest payment. Obama had nominated him as the Secretary of Health and Human Services.
"I think I screwed up," Obama said in an interview with CNN. "And, I take responsibility for it and we're going to make sure we fix it so it doesn't happen again."
Last week, Timothy F. Geithner survived his nomination and was confirmed as Secretary of the Treasury, even though it was revealed that he had failed to pay $34,000 in taxes on income earned while working for the International Monetary Fund.
- Jennifer Loven. "Obama takes blame in Daschle, Killefer controversy" — , February 3, 2009
- "Obama: 'I screwed up' on Daschle appointment" — , February 3, 2009
- Jeff Zeleny. "Daschle Ends Bid for Post; Obama Concedes Mistake" — , February 3, 2009
- Brian Montopoli. "Day 15: Obama Takes Stimulus Fight To Public As Nominees Drop Out" — , February 3, 2009