Senator Jim DeMint has placed a ‘hold’ on Transportation Security Administration Chief Nominee Erroll Southers due to concerns that questions about collective bargaining and possible unionization of the TSA. DeMint placed the hold on Southers after he had wide bi-partisan support and passed through two congressional committees. DeMint has little concern over Southers qualifications, but since he placed the hold, new information arose that Southers may have misled congress about a twenty year old security issue where Southers used confidential information to check up on his ex-wife’s boyfriend.
DeMint Statement on TSA Nominee
January 1, 2010 – WASHINGTON, D.C – Today, U.S. Senator Jim DeMint (R-South Carolina) made the following statement about President Obama’s nominee to lead the Transportation Security Administration (TSA):
“Erroll Southers has not been forthcoming about whether he’ll give union bosses control of our airport security, which is one of the most important decisions he’ll make as head of the TSA. Mr. Southers’ unwillingness to form a position on collective bargaining seriously calls into question his judgment, because it weakens security and has already been rejected by the CIA, the FBI, the Secret Service, the Coast Guard, and by every previous TSA administrator.”
“And now we learn that he misled Congress in sworn testimony about accessing confidential records. The TSA is one of the most critical security agencies in the War on Terror, and the Senate must carefully vet this nominee. If Mr. Southers is unwilling to put security ahead of politics and if he can’t tell the truth, then he’s not qualified and should not be confirmed.”
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