Seven Senate Republicans sent a letter to the White House yesterday, saying that they had "serious reservations" about the nomination of Erroll Southers to lead the Transportation Security Administration. Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) also "placed a hold on the nomination, pending the White House response to the senators' questions." Southers' nomination had previously been held up by Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC).
Southers is under fire for making two mistakes. First, he abused his powers to spy on an ex-boyfriend of his wife:
Southers first described the episode in his October affidavit, telling the Senate panel that two decades ago he asked a San Diego Police Department employee to access confidential criminal records about the boyfriend. Southers said he had been censured by superiors at the FBI. He described the incident as isolated and expressed regrets about it.Second, he lied about it:
The committee approved his nomination Nov. 19. One day later, Southers wrote to Lieberman and Collins saying his first account was incorrect. After reviewing documents, he wrote, he recalled that he had twice conducted the database searches himself, downloaded confidential law enforcement records about his wife's boyfriend and passed information on to the police department employee, the letter said.Ain't it always the case that the cover-up is worse than the underlying crime? Anyhow, what do you think about Erroll Southers ... will he become head of TSA? Or will he become a casualty of the political warfare in Washington DC?