January 20th, 2010
09:25 AM ET
8 years ago

DeMint: 'Americans deserve a leader at TSA with integrity'

(CNN) - South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint, among those opposed to former TSA nominee Erroll Southers, issued the following statement on Southers' withdrawal:

"Americans deserve a leader at TSA with integrity and with an unwavering commitment to putting security ahead of politics. The White House never responded to requests for more information relating to Mr. Southers false testimony to Congress and his censure by the FBI for improperly accessing files. And Mr. Southers was never forthcoming about his intentions to give union bosses veto power over security decisions at our airports. TSA screeners can already join unions, but collective bargaining would force TSA officials to ask union bosses for permission to make critical security changes. The Senate could have had an open and transparent debate this week to approve Mr. Southers, but apparently, answering simple, direct questions about security and integrity were too much for this nominee. I hope the President will quickly put forward a new nominee that is fully vetted and that will put the safety of the American people first."

Filed under: Homeland Security • Jim DeMint • TSA
soundoff (31 Responses)
  1. Franky, Land of Lincoln

    I don't know who in effect is Southers but him withdrawing, pretty much says it all.

    This administration has had more difficulties putting up and setting up an agenda than one I could ever think of. Plus, I bet I'm the only kid in this blog who is younger than most bloggers, and not the average kid who comments oftenly on politics. Where are my peeps at?

    is a sign of things to come and they pretty much suck at it.

    January 20, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  2. Just Me

    Maybe if Mr. Demint hadn't been such a jerk about Mr. Southers and Mr. Southers had been in charge of the TSA on 12/25, the underwear bomber never would have happened.

    January 20, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  3. clint

    Its all Bush's fault. If Obama wants hire more lying crooks with your tax doallrs, he should get to.

    January 20, 2010 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  4. Johnny DC

    This administration is writing the How-To guide on squandering momentum and losing power.

    January 20, 2010 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  5. Monster Zero

    America deserves a system that takes care of it's tax paying citizens first and unfortunately for the liberals that means profiling by the statistical data. If you listen closely you can hear the gnashing of Teddy Kennedy's teeth!

    January 20, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  6. Steve (the real one)

    Actually ,we deserve leadership with integrity EVERYWHERE! Sadly in some on both the left AND the right that is missing!

    January 20, 2010 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
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