Errol Southers has backed out of the nomination process for head of the Transportation Security Administration after a ongoing battle with Senator Jim DeMint. Southers says he no longer wants to be a part of partisan fighting.
DeMint, who has tried to block Southers confirmation in the Senate–says he is worried that TSA’s willingness to bargain with labor unions would get in the way of airport safety.
In a statement released by the White House, Southers blamed congressional critics motivated by “political ideology” for the troubles that overshadowed his nomination.
Southers underwent more scrutiny when reports revealed possible misuse of federal databases 20 years ago.
In a statement today DeMint says, ” The Senate could have had an open and transparent debate this week to approve Mr. Southers, but apparently, answering simple, direct questions about security and integrity were too much for this nominee. I hope the President will quickly put forward a new nominee that is fully vetted and that will put the safety of the American people first.”