February 3rd, 2009
10:36 AM ET
9 years ago

Killefer withdraws nomination over tax issues

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Nancy Killefer withdrew her nomination Tuesday to become chief performance officer, a new post in President Barack Obama's administration, a White House spokesman told CNN.

Officials said privately the reason for the withdrawal was unspecified tax issues.

The withdrawal is an embarrassment to the White House, as the much-touted post was aimed at scrubbing the federal budget.

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soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. Samilton

    What's up with these folks? They all seem to have problems with paying their taxes on a timely basis.

    February 3, 2009 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  2. Matt in MN

    If the reason for the withdrawal was indeed more tax issues... what was the Obama transition team actually doing during their vetting process? One in which Obama had said was going to be extremely in depth...

    February 3, 2009 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  3. Biff

    I guess the tax issue wasn't that she overpaid...


    This could potentially solve our budget problems if all our senators and congressmen pay back with interest their " unintentional accidents"

    February 3, 2009 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  4. Wide Awake American


    Is it that hard to find decent cabinet appointments Washington.....

    Stick with it Mr. President

    The rest of you should be ashamed

    February 3, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  5. jerri

    what? not another democrat tax cheat! when will it end?

    February 3, 2009 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  6. Scott, Tucson

    What another democrat tax cheat flushed out? At least she has the good sense and honor to withdrawl her nomination high kudos to her. MaybeTom Daschel will search his soul deeply and do the right thing too?....nah!

    February 3, 2009 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  7. Matthew

    OBama, Please get it right. None of your people pay their taxes. That is just plain dishonest. I know each year as every american does that the taxes are due April 15th. Anyone that accepst the excuses that have been thrown out there is an idiot. Dont lie. Admit you did not want to pay your taxes. I would have more respect for you.

    February 3, 2009 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  8. Jenn

    Did they vet anybody who was nominated. Wow I thought He was more inteligent than this

    February 3, 2009 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  9. Larry in MD

    My concern is to our new president.
    Mr. President, do you know of any member of the democratic party that has paid their taxes? And if so, please choose them.
    Or is that the problem. Democrats don't have to pay taxes.

    February 3, 2009 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  10. Jude

    None of Obama's choices seem to pay their taxes. Funny, they still have high paying jobs and aren't in jail. Hummm. Bet that wouldn't be the case for you or I.

    February 3, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  11. A Rare MA Republican

    Biden said it was patriotic to pay taxes.

    Looks like there's no patriots in the Democratic party.

    February 3, 2009 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  12. Salt

    It's not the President's fault that these people are all tax evaders. They SHOULD withdraw their names. And you whiney Repubs need to stop blaming Obama for the actions of other people. Bitterness doesn't look good on anyone.

    February 3, 2009 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  13. A Rare MA Republican

    Salt February 3rd, 2009 12:02 pm ET

    It's not the President's fault that these people are all tax evaders. They SHOULD withdraw their names. And you whiney Repubs need to stop blaming Obama for the actions of other people. Bitterness doesn't look good on anyone.


    OK, Salt... who vetted these cheats?

    February 3, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  14. ranjit

    So what? They are democrats and they are always entitled to have the benefit of doubt. This is exactly, the politics of change. When ever this kind of issue comes out, I think about those young obama supporters in the street corners, who were holding signs on the election day in the rain. I am sure, they feel good about the happenings.

    February 3, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  15. Humored In Texas

    It's interesting how the Democratic nominees are recusing themselves when these issues come up.

    If they were Republicans, the source who brought the problem to light would be getting excoriated, destroyed and humiliated while the party comforted the poor nominee and instructed them to blame the left wing, liberal media and Michael Moore!

    February 3, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  16. disillusioned already

    Wow, only in office for 2 weeks and he's already rounded up a bunch of Tax Cheats

    February 3, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  17. Jim

    Now we know why there was such a deficit the past 8 years. Democrats weren't paying their taxes.

    February 3, 2009 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  18. Alan

    Ha!! Here is another one of Obama's most ethical people in the nation.

    I guess Obama has a lot of respect for people that figure out ways NOT to pay taxes! I wonder how all of these non tax payers rank on Biden's patriotic scale.

    This administration is quickly becoming a JOKE! It would be funny if the stakes weren't so high!

    We just thought Clinton was bad.

    February 3, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  19. Alan

    All Obama supporters have been PUNKED!!!!!

    February 3, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  20. taxpayer

    And every Republican in history has paid their taxes faithfully, right ?

    Since when do a few bad apples mean every Democrat is corrupt ?

    Don't get me wrong here : these current tax dodgers should very-much-so be reprimanded, but to paint everyone else with same brush is a bit over the top, don't you agree ?

    February 3, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  21. mike

    you right about bitterness too bad republicans picked it up from democrats. As for not blaming Obama for the actions of others maybe you should have extended the same curtisy to Bush when he was in offfice.

    February 3, 2009 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  22. Robbie

    I voted for Obama...i've been waiting for a Democratic supermajority for a long time...but this is starting to get ridiculous...I shouldn't have to agree with the GOP on ANYTHING, but from these tax dodgers, to the stimulus bill pork on it's way....*shiver*

    February 3, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  23. Matthew Truth

    A Rare MA Republican.

    It is in fact the Obama Administrations fault. They picked them. They should have vetted them. Get that part straight.

    As far as Dems go, there are plenty that pay their taxes. There are republicans that dont pay there taxes as well. It goes both ways.

    The moral of the story is that if you are not honest and have integrity than you should not be a candidate or an official of the people period.

    February 3, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |