Obama takes another stab at picking TSA head

With his first choice having withdrawn in January, the president tries again

By Alex Koppelman
March 8, 2010 10:45PM (UTC)
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More than a year into his tenure in office, President Obama still hasn't managed to get someone confirmed as the head of the Transportation Security Administration. But on Monday the White House did at least announce the president's latest pick for the job, retired Gen. Robert Harding.

Obama's first choice for the job, Erroll Southers, withdrew his name in January. That was despite a brief furor, which began in the wake of the attempted plane bombing on Christmas, over the fact that Senate Republicans had been holding up Southers' confirmation.


It will be interesting to see how hard the administration is willing to fight for Harding. Shortly after he withdrew his name, Southers told Salon, "I wish someone would ahve defended me more aggressively."

Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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