TSA Nominee Erroll Southers withdraws nomination amid ‘political agenda’

President Barack Obama’s choice to lead the Transportation Security Administration is withdrawing his nomination. Erroll Southers says he is doing so because his nomination has become a lightning rod for those with a political agenda. The White House says Obama accepts Southers’ decision with great sadness.

Obama had tapped Southers, a former FBI agent, to lead the TSA in September but his confirmation has been blocked by Republican Sen. Jim DeMint, who says he was worried that Southers would allow TSA employees to have collective bargaining rights.

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Plus, Federal News Radio gets analysis on what’s next for TSA from Ralph Basham, former Chief of Staff at the Transportation Security Administration and founder of Command Consulting Group. Click here to listen to the interview.

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