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.