Kerik withdraws; Bush seeks new homeland security nominee

| 12/13/2004

Bernard Kerik has withdrawn his name from consideration as secretary of homeland security, press outlets reported.

The former 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.