Daschle Withdraws Cabinet Bid

Tax flub claims another Obama nominee
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 3, 2009 12:13 PM CST
In this Dec. 5, 2008, file photo, former Senate Majority leader Tom Daschle is seen during the 2008 Colorado Health Care Summit in Denver.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Tom Daschle withdrew today from consideration for secretary of health and human services over controversial unpaid taxes, the Boston Globe reports. Daschle had retained the support of the Obama administration despite the flub, but quit seeking the post so as not to be a distraction, he said. President Obama regretfully accepted Daschle’s decision, the White House said.