Lieberman says no to homeland security post

| 12/15/2004

Sen. Joe Lieberman, D-CT, has turned down an offer from the administration of President George W. Bush to head the Department of Homeland Security, CNN reported Dec. 15.

Lieberman’s name had been mentioned by numerous sources after Bernard Kerik, the former New York City police commissioner, withdrew his name from consideration. Kerik, Bush’s first choice, bowed out after it was revealed that his family’s nanny may have not been in the country legally, and that he had not paid all taxes required in connection with employing her.

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 Dec. 3. Kerik withdrew less than 10 days later.

The administration is 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.

Lieberman ran as the vice presidential candidate on the Democratic ticket with Al Gore in 2000 against Bush.