March 27th, 2010
09:00 AM ET
12 years ago

Harding withdraws from consideration as TSA chief

(CNN) - Maj. Gen. Robert Harding said Friday that, "with deep regret," he has withdrawn his name from nomination to lead the Transportation Security Administration.

"This was a great honor, and I felt that I could bring some leadership, vision and intelligence expertise to that position," he said in a statement. "Ultimately, my goal was to improve the security of our nation's transportation systems. However, I feel that the distractions caused by my work as a defense contractor would not be good for this administration nor for the Department of Homeland Security."

The TSA is part of the Department of Homeland Security.

White House Spokesman Nicholas Shapiro noted that Harding has more than 35 years of military and intelligence experience, and added, "The President is disappointed in this outcome but remains confident in the solid team of professionals at TSA."

At a hearing on Wednesday, Harding acknowledged "making mistakes" when a company he formed overbilled the government in 2004.

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  1. Doris V

    Are there no honest men left in this country? A former general admits mistakes that a company he formed overbilled the government. Did he return the money? Obviously war makes money. Can't we make money with peaceful undertakings such as growing food for starving people, conservation and alternate energy sources?

    March 27, 2010 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  2. Henry Miller, Libertarian


    Major General Harding didn't seem to think there was much difference between an airport and a POW camp and that, by going to an airport, Americans would be surrendering every right guaranteed them by the Constitution.

    March 27, 2010 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |