Bernard Kerik has withdrawn his name from consideration as
secretary of homeland security, press outlets reported.
New York police commissioner was nominated by President Bush to replace Tom
Ridge, who recently announced he would leave the agency he helped found. The
White House announced the nomination Friday, Dec. 3.
According to media reports,
Kerik’s nomination imploded over a nanny hired by his family. The nominee
admitted he had not paid all taxes he was required to in relation to employing
the woman, and also that she might not be in the country legally.
The administration is now
searching for a new nominee to head the department, which includes the
Transportation Security Administration, an agency that oversees security issues
regarding trucking such as required fingerprinting of hazmat-certified drivers.