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Kerik Withdraws From Top DHS Job

The ghost of Bill Clinton's attorney general nominees Zoe Baird and Kimba Wood rears it's head...

WASHINGTON (AP) - In a surprise move, former New York Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik abruptly withdrew his nomination as President Bush's choice to be homeland security secretary Friday night, saying questions have arisen about the immigration status of a housekeeper and nanny he employed

...Kerik said the problematic issue arose as he was completing documents required for Senate confirmation. "I uncovered 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."

Amazingly Newsday police beat columnist Leonard Levitt, who has attempted to dredge up every unflattering detail in Kerik's past, didn't have the story - at least as far as we know...

Hat Tip: Mr. Hawaii


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Comments (7)

A shame. Kerik would have ... (Below threshold)
Jack:

A shame. Kerik would have been an excellent Secretary of Homeland Security, in my oh so humble opinion.

You forgot Linda Chavez. At... (Below threshold)
Remy Logan:

You forgot Linda Chavez. At least it got out now, instead of in the middle of the hearings. When will these people learn?

More is coming out every ho... (Below threshold)
JimK:

More is coming out every hour it seems. This guy had a TON of question marks.

He simply did not have the credibility for the job. I can only hope that the Administration vets the next candidate more thoroughly.

Well, not having Kerik as S... (Below threshold)
Jim:

Well, not having Kerik as Secretary of DHS is our loss. I love these jerks who know absolutely nothing about law enforcement and security management making statements about a decorated cop's credibility or qualifcations or other things. And as far as Kerik making millions in the business world, only a commie would object to a man or woman succeeding in a capitalist system. Also, I love these Libs, they all for saturating the country with illegal aliens, but if a Republican hires one, they go ballistic. Like I said, we are the worse for not having Bernie Kerik heading the DHS.

As an aside, I always thoug... (Below threshold)
Boyd:

As an aside, I always thought Kimba Wood looked hot!

Zoe Baird and Kimba Wood we... (Below threshold)
Gimelschtupper:

Zoe Baird and Kimba Wood were banging their underpaid nannies too? News to me.

I am glad he is out. He sim... (Below threshold)
nefrie:

I am glad he is out. He simply is not qualified and would be over his head in Washington. 15 minutes of fame does not qualify you to head a department like homeland security.




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