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Kerik Withdraws his name for top DHS Job
AP on Yahoo ^ | 12/10/04 | AP

Posted on 12/10/2004 8:09:32 PM PST by Jeff Head

In a surprise move, former New York Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik abruptly withdrew his nomination as President Bush (news - web sites)'s choice to be homeland security secretary Friday night, saying questions have arisen about the immigration status of a housekeeper and nanny he employed.

The decision caught the White House off guard and sent Bush in search of a new candidate to run the sprawling bureaucracy of more than 180,000 employees melded together from 22 disparate federal agencies in 2003.

Kerik informed Bush of his decision to withdraw in a telephone call at 8:30 p.m. EST. "I am convinced that, for personal reasons, moving forward would not be in the best interests of your administration, the Department of Homeland Security or the American people," Kerik said in a letter to the president.

The White House said Bush accepted Kerik's decision.

One administration official helping prepare Kerik for Senate confirmation, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Kerik's unexpected decision shocked senior leaders at the Homeland Security Department. This official said Kerik still had not filled out all his ethics filings — which would detail his sources of income and financial liabilities — and said the FBI (news - web sites) background investigation of Kerik was still incomplete.

But the only moderately troubling information uncovered about Kerik so far was news that Kerik had earned $6.2 million by exercising stock options he received from Taser International, which did lucrative business with the Department of Homeland Security, this official said.

Kerik said the problematic issue arose as he was completing documents required for Senate confirmation. "I uncovered information that now leads me to question the immigration status of a person who had been in my employ as a housekeeper and nanny. It has also been brought to my attention that for a period of time during such employment required tax payments and related filings had not been made."

Kerik said he feared that the disclosure of the issue would generate intense scrutiny that would "only serve as a significant and unnecessary distraction to the vital efforts of the Department of Homeland Security."


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KEYWORDS: dhs; homelandsecurity; kerik; nanny; taser; wetbacks
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FYI...Kerik is out.
1 posted on 12/10/2004 8:09:32 PM PST by Jeff Head
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To: Jeff Head

I just heard it on Foxnews.


2 posted on 12/10/2004 8:12:57 PM PST by jveritas
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To: jveritas

I read on Drudge it was a 'Nanny Gate' tax affair.


3 posted on 12/10/2004 8:13:38 PM PST by JustAnotherOkie
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To: jveritas

The illegal worker and not filing tax info is certainly a killer...I wonder if there is more?


4 posted on 12/10/2004 8:14:16 PM PST by Jeff Head (www.dragonsfuryseries.com)
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To: Jeff Head

darn. dont these people have a clue about their housekeepers? he should have declined the position when it was 1st offered. believe me i know everything i did wrong in the past and would think twice about taking anything that would force me to say "but i didn't inhale"


5 posted on 12/10/2004 8:14:33 PM PST by 537cant be wrong (no kittie! thats my pot pie!)
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To: Jeff Head

The left didn't like this man from the get go, I guess he was to much an embodiment of someone with some real balls(metaphorically speaking). Further showing how the left is the fifth column in our country.


6 posted on 12/10/2004 8:14:52 PM PST by DarkWaters
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To: Jeff Head

Hmm. Well at least he dropped out let the White House know instead of having embarrasing stuff come out in a confirmation hearing.


7 posted on 12/10/2004 8:15:08 PM PST by texasflower (Liberty can change habits. ~ President George W. Bush 10/08/04)
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To: Jeff Head
GWB is supposed to run a "tight ship" and a highly disciplined operation. One would think that before he goes public with Kerik's (or any other) name, the nominee gets a 54-points full cavity check; thus reading about the surprise appearance of questionable household employee is rather strange; as a pretext some sudden health problems would have sounded more innocuous.
8 posted on 12/10/2004 8:15:39 PM PST by GSlob
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To: Jeff Head
I hope Bush throws some political capital around and ask Mr. Kerik back and the senate to confirm. The nation should not be deprived of his leadership just because of his nanny's taxes.
9 posted on 12/10/2004 8:15:53 PM PST by RoarkMan (no tag line entered)
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To: JustAnotherOkie
In this AP article, they quote him as saying himself that this is the case.

Kerik said the problematic issue arose as he was completing documents required for Senate confirmation. "I uncovered information that now leads me to question the immigration status of a person who had been in my employ as a housekeeper and nanny. It has also been brought to my attention that for a period of time during such employment required tax payments and related filings had not been made."

10 posted on 12/10/2004 8:16:33 PM PST by Jeff Head (www.dragonsfuryseries.com)
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To: Jeff Head

He is a very honest man. I am sad that he is withdrawing from being head of Homeland security department.


11 posted on 12/10/2004 8:16:37 PM PST by jveritas
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To: Jeff Head

DAMN!



"..and that's all I have to say about that"


12 posted on 12/10/2004 8:16:56 PM PST by Critical Bill
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To: RoarkMan

There must be more to it than that...but that would be enough in today's environment.


13 posted on 12/10/2004 8:18:19 PM PST by Jeff Head (www.dragonsfuryseries.com)
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To: Jeff Head

HEH...take this job and shove it. What a thing to say to the Prez.

Who's next on the list to be called?


14 posted on 12/10/2004 8:18:33 PM PST by Palladin (Proud to be a FReeper!)
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To: GSlob

Agreed. There is porbably more to it than this.


15 posted on 12/10/2004 8:18:38 PM PST by Jeff Head (www.dragonsfuryseries.com)
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To: GSlob

the crazy Dems probably made it clear to him that they would make his personal life hell by trying to destroy his character. he had a rough background (didn't graduate highschool, his mother was some kind of street walker)- i'm sure he didn't want to have to defend himself everyday for the next 4 years.

thats unfortune, it would've been a great example of the american dream realized.


16 posted on 12/10/2004 8:19:33 PM PST by pumba555
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To: texasflower

Yep...but if he had any question about his own housekeeper/nanny, then he should have not gone down the road to begin with...and if he didn't know, then that raises more concerns IMHO.


17 posted on 12/10/2004 8:19:35 PM PST by Jeff Head (www.dragonsfuryseries.com)
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To: RoarkMan

He might be a good man, but he is kind of a dumbass for doing this.


18 posted on 12/10/2004 8:20:28 PM PST by JustAnotherOkie
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To: Jeff Head



nyc cop? of course there is more.


19 posted on 12/10/2004 8:20:29 PM PST by phxaz (thank you for not using the word "implode".)
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To: jveritas

Well, at least he got this on the table before it became even more embarassing. Spared the administration that specter.


20 posted on 12/10/2004 8:20:58 PM PST by Jeff Head (www.dragonsfuryseries.com)
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Wouldn't an illegal housekeeper/nanny be a plus nowadays?
21 posted on 12/10/2004 8:21:20 PM PST by Captainpaintball (This war has been brought to you by the letters P and C)
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To: JustAnotherOkie

"I read on Drudge it was a 'Nanny Gate' tax affair."

Really too early to believe anything. Another "newsbreak" mentions a stun-gun company which sold product to Homeland Security and expected to do more. Kerik has some interest in the company.

Another "newsbreak" tells how even Ted Kennedy supported the guy, along with other major player Democrats, but minutes after the nomination was announced, an opposition group circulated an attack paper listing his vulnerabilities.

Maybe Kerik stood back and took a cold look at the landscape, then said to himself, "Who needs to go through this BS?"


22 posted on 12/10/2004 8:21:22 PM PST by Racehorse
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To: Jeff Head
That just gives me a case of the red A$$! He appeared to be a guy that wouldn't take crap from anyone and would have been a good fit for the job. Probably in desperate need of sensitivity training.

FGS

23 posted on 12/10/2004 8:21:37 PM PST by ForGod'sSake (ABCNNBCBS: An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly.)
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To: GSlob


32 point.


24 posted on 12/10/2004 8:21:40 PM PST by phxaz (thank you for not using the word "implode".)
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To: Racehorse
From this article:

But the only moderately troubling information uncovered about Kerik so far was news that Kerik had earned $6.2 million by exercising stock options he received from Taser International, which did lucrative business with the Department of Homeland Security, this official said.

25 posted on 12/10/2004 8:22:25 PM PST by Jeff Head (www.dragonsfuryseries.com)
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To: MegaSilver; Regulator

Are you happier now?


26 posted on 12/10/2004 8:22:38 PM PST by Uncle Miltie (Democrat Obstructionists will be Daschled!)
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To: Jeff Head
How IRONIC that an imminently qualified man is KO'd for the Head of HOMELAND SECURITY, by the MOST obvious flaw in the Homeland Security of the United States...... "Illegal Immigration"... and the fact that it is looked upon as something necessary and encouraged rather than something ILLEGAL and punishable.
27 posted on 12/10/2004 8:24:31 PM PST by PISANO (Never Forget 911!! & 911's 1st Heroes..... "Beamer, Glick, Bingham & Bennett.")
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To: Palladin

Would love to see Guliani in this post, but he probably has other interests---and it is kind of thankless job...if nothing happens, no one cares, and the Left bitches about 'civil and personal rights being abused'...but you sure will get blamed if there is another attack...sure do not know who would want the job


28 posted on 12/10/2004 8:24:50 PM PST by flixxx
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To: texasflower

texasflower wrote:
Hmm. Well at least he dropped out let the White House know instead of having embarrasing stuff come out in a confirmation hearing.

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Totally agree. Best thing he could have done. The MSM is going to put every nominee Bush presents under their biased micrcopes, so these people better either be sqeaky clean or find a way to keep those skeletons under lock and key.


29 posted on 12/10/2004 8:26:02 PM PST by phoenix0468 (One man with courage is a majority. (Thomas Jefferson))
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To: PISANO

Yes it is. Like I said to another poster, if he had any question about his own housekeeper/nanny, then he should have not gone down this road to begin with...and if he didn't know, then that raises even more concerns IMHO.


30 posted on 12/10/2004 8:26:39 PM PST by Jeff Head (www.dragonsfuryseries.com)
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To: phxaz

The 6.2 million dollar stock option looks like the real reason.


31 posted on 12/10/2004 8:27:23 PM PST by Collier
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To: jveritas
He is a very honest man.

No he's not. If he hired an illegal alien as a housekeeper and another (?) aa a nanny, he was breaking the law. At the same time he was a law enforcement officer and was applying for a job that is a combination of law enforcement, counter intelligence and various quasi military functions. Not what I'd call honest.

32 posted on 12/10/2004 8:27:55 PM PST by El Gato (Activist Judges can twist the Constitution into anything they want ... or so they think.)
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To: Jeff Head

Hmm, I thought everyone had an illegal immigrant baby sitter, house cleaner, landscapper, cook, and balls scratcher that were payed under the table.

Now I'll give Kerik the benefit of the doubt but I'm not liking the near slavery system we have here. Slaves can eventually revolt and its not like they don't want "their territories" back.


33 posted on 12/10/2004 8:29:51 PM PST by bahblahbah
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To: Jeff Head
I agree with that, except that it says he realized he had a problem when he was working on the paperwork required for confirmation.

If this happened years and years ago, then it truly may have slipped his mind and never occurred to him as a problem at all.

The reason I say I can understand this is that 14 years ago, I was working tons of shifts and my husband at the time, was a Border Patrol agent working in Florida.

I was still in Texas. Anyway, my housekeeper was a wonderful sweet Columbian woman.

Mike didn't know anything about her until she had worked for me for almost a year.

I never thought about her legality to work and I was the wife of a Border Patrol agent.

I never filed any papers or anything.

I am one of the most honest people you could ever meet. I just never thought anything about it.

So, maybe he was young and not fully aware of legality issues.

BTW, Mike had a near stroke and I had to get rid of Lucera.

She was so nice......I wonder what happened to her.
34 posted on 12/10/2004 8:31:35 PM PST by texasflower (Liberty can change habits. ~ President George W. Bush 10/08/04)
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To: RoarkMan


spend political capital? not for kerik.. just for annan.


35 posted on 12/10/2004 8:33:06 PM PST by phxaz (thank you for not using the word "implode".)
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To: Jeff Head
I thought employing illegals was fashionable these days. It's just another job Americans won't do for 1.99 an hour.
36 posted on 12/10/2004 8:33:39 PM PST by John Jorsett
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To: Jeff Head
Losing a good one IMHO.
37 posted on 12/10/2004 8:35:50 PM PST by b4its2late (Alcohol & calculus don't mix. Never drink & derive.)
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To: RoarkMan
just because of his nanny's taxes.

ahh - not his nanny's taxes, per se - but the income taxes HE was suppose to pay as her employer - it's called "tax evasion" - and usually people don't pay it because the nanny is an illegal - soo-ooo, not really a little thing for a law enforcement person

38 posted on 12/10/2004 8:35:51 PM PST by maine-iac7 (...but you can't fool all of the people all of the time." Lincoln)
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To: texasflower


lets hope she didnt save her wages and is now attending flight school.



39 posted on 12/10/2004 8:36:12 PM PST by phxaz (thank you for not using the word "implode".)
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To: Jeff Head
But the only moderately troubling information uncovered about Kerik so far was news that Kerik had earned $6.2 million by exercising stock options he received from Taser International

Much thanks.  I saw that.

Mort Zuckerman was on Scarborough a little while ago with Pat Buchanan.  He seems to think reporters were set to unleash a string of accusations based upon their investigative research, that Kerik was probably tipped off by the calls from reporters asking for comment on this or that incident from his past, and something caused him to undercut the mob by withdrawing his nomination.  Only caught part of the discussion, so I don't whether Zuckerman let slip anything USNews might have been working.

Considering his long exposure through the NYPD, New York Department of Corrections, city and state politics . . . and simply his private life . . . impossible to know, unless he tells us, why he really withdrew.  Personal reasons sounds good.

At this moment, Fox is hyping up the Nanny-gate aspect . . .  Yep, personal reasons sounds good to me.

40 posted on 12/10/2004 8:36:55 PM PST by Racehorse
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To: John Jorsett

Kerik was the right guy for it. He was flushed out by the MSM. This id disgusting and unacceptable. Compare the AP article above with the MSNBC article, which goes on and on for paragraphs about the stupid Taser thing while barely mentioning the great things he did. Why did we let such a good guy go to waste?


41 posted on 12/10/2004 8:37:03 PM PST by polyester~monkey (4 Senate seats, 4 House Seats, and 52% of the popular vote: AMERICA HAS SPOKEN)
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To: Jeff Head

Here is a link to the news stories re Taser International.....near the bottom of the page there is a link to "older headlines"........a quick scan of them reveals plenty including "Homeland Security"......

http://finance.yahoo.com/q/h?s=tasr

link below is to the TASR investor message board

http://messages.yahoo.com/bbs?action=t&type=r&board=yahoo.67.11.1604243305

the real answer to this event may be in the Taser saga


42 posted on 12/10/2004 8:37:22 PM PST by Vn_survivor_67-68
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To: texasflower
Good points...but he has been in law enforcement himself, and was working for the government and the coalition authority in Iraq...this should already have come up.

But, as you say, if it was years ago and he was unaware of what happened while he was off somewhere, I can see how it could easily have slipped through.

43 posted on 12/10/2004 8:37:29 PM PST by Jeff Head (www.dragonsfuryseries.com)
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To: phoenix0468
these people better either be sqeaky clean. Clean like a blue dress (sorry, had to)? I am very disappointed. Evey interview I saw with Kerik was great. He knows what it takes. How could the vetting process miss a damaging "personal" item? You know, it's not like he was caught stuffing secrets from the National Archives into his underwear.
44 posted on 12/10/2004 8:38:04 PM PST by Splatter
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To: Vn_survivor_67-68

Yep...could easily have been shaping up into a conflict of interest claim during confirmation.


45 posted on 12/10/2004 8:38:42 PM PST by Jeff Head (www.dragonsfuryseries.com)
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To: Jeff Head
Wonder if this is part of a grander plan? I can't believe that Bush, Rove, et al didn't know this through their vetting process.

Heard that Clinton nominated two AGs that went down in flames so that anyone who didn't have nanny problems would be a shoe-in. Then along comes Janet Reno who he wanted all along and who looked like a saint because she didn't have an illegal nanny.
46 posted on 12/10/2004 8:41:38 PM PST by joonbug
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To: GSlob

This might not turn out to be such a bad thing for Bush and our Country.

A)Being in charge of HS and having an "illegal" in your employ would have doomed him from the start. It isn't the "tax" issue so much as the illegal issue.

B)This guy looks like he would be great in a street fight, but HS requires a "brain" guy in my opinion. Someone who can read 80 gazillion reports, then be able to work them around in his head, come to some conclusions and act on them.

If I were Bush, I would hire the smartest, most with-it CEO I could find. Make an emotional appeal to the guys ego to get him to take the job.


47 posted on 12/10/2004 8:42:08 PM PST by SteveAustin
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To: polyester~monkey
Kerik will not go to waste. As a matter of fact, he may be more valuable in a behind the scenes role. He is to good to be a figure head, punching bag for the LLL.
48 posted on 12/10/2004 8:43:29 PM PST by Splatter
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To: Jeff Head
Kerik had earned $6.2 million by exercising stock options he received from Taser International, which did lucrative business with the Department of Homeland Security,

The Halliburton Syndrome.

49 posted on 12/10/2004 8:43:42 PM PST by quantim (Victory is not relative, it is absolute.)
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To: Racehorse
"Yep, personal reasons.."

bingo, bada-bingo!

50 posted on 12/10/2004 8:45:33 PM PST by phxaz (thank you for not using the word "implode".)
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