Nancy Killefer Withdraws Over Taxes
Nancy Killefer has withdrawn herself from consideration as Barack Obama’s “chief performance officer” over her failure to pay taxes for household help.
Nancy Killefer says she is withdrawing her candidacy for chief performance officer because she doesn’t want her tax issue to become a “distraction.”
Killefer failed for a year and a half to pay employment taxes on household help. She was the second major Obama administration nominee to withdraw and the third to have tax problems complicate their nomination after Obama announced their selection.
Ugh. What is going on here? The Obama Administration needs to fire some vetters, I think. Timothy Geithner’s tax errors were understandable, in my opinion. Daschle’s were horrific and I think they should be grounds for him to be denied confirmation.
This falls somewhere in between, but surely at this point anyone going for appointed office knows better than to forget to pay household help–it’s one of the most common things people get dragged through the mud for during confirmation proceedings. And for someone who was hired to oversee the detail-oriented work at the White House, this is just embarrassing.