Erroll Southers, President Obama’s nominee to head the Transportation Security Administration, has withdrawn from consideration. Southers had faced fierce Republican opposition, says the Washington Post, since revelations that he may have misled Congress about an incident in the late 1980s involving a background check of the boyfriend of his ex-wife. He is a former FBI agent.
Southers said it was apparent that the path to his nomination “has been obstructed by political ideology.” Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) had opposed Southers overe concerns that he would approve collective bargaining rights for airport security officers. TSA employees can join a union, but cannot collectively bargain. Republicans argued that union interference would jeopardize airport security.