President Obama will nominate FBI deputy director John Pistole as his third pick to head the Transportation Security Administration. Politico.com says that to raise chances that the third time's a charm, Obama tapped someone who has already gone through the Senate confirmation process that derailed two previous candidates.
Robert Harding withdrew his nomination in late March after questions were raised over his work as a defense contractor. Earlier, former FBI agent Erroll Southers, counterterrorism supervisor for the Los Angeles airport, withdrew amid controversy over police background checks on a man involved with his ex-girlfriend. Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Ct.), chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, said Pistole “has a great law enforcement background and understands the threat of terrorism as well as anyone in the government.”