no better way to get your name out into the public
If the above is true, the guy lied. Better to find that out now, rather than later, that the guy has a character flaw (he's a liar) that renders him unfit to serve.
"You know, I'm going to start thanking
the woman who cleans the restroom in
the building I work in. I'm going to start
thinking of her as a human being"
and it's not like this hasn't happened enough times before. It's not the crime of the century, but you know it's an issue for every nominee, you know whether or not you have an illegal and whether or not you've been paying her taxes, and you know you're going to be asked about it. What was he thinking?
A lot of government officials have had "nanny problems" in recent years. Maybe the real problem is that we pay our public servants too much damn money. I never had a nanny problem because I can't afford one!
She just came here to derail a Bush nomination that an American couldn't derail.
This says it all. It means he knew about it and tried to cover it up by having the Nanny leave just before he accepted the nomination. I don't for one minute believe his Nanny had planned to leave even before he knew of the nomination.
Isn't this the tortured path that led to Janet Reno being AG?
" a nanny he had employed.... been in the country illegally and that he had failed to pay taxes on her behalf "
This seems to be a pattern. There were several nominees (different admin.)
The rich get richer by hiring illegals for a song....
the confirmation process, and the inability of our party to want to fight, means that only squeaky clean empty suits can hold positions in Republican administrations. In the meantime, the Dems can stand up to anything - Ron Brown as Commerce Sec'y, Janet Reno is AG during WACO, no pressure to ask her to resign, does anyone think anything will happen to Sandy Berger in the stolen documents incident?
But Kerik doesn't pay taxes on a nanny (unless there is more to the story), and he goes down.
I hope that the nanny left a forwarding address so that President Bush can send her a thank-you note...she may have saved him greater embarrassment (if Kerik had gone through the confirmation process).
Freepers, please answer a question. Why does anyone need a nanny?
This is disgusting.
'Oh my goodness, I just forgot that this nannie that I forgot to pay properly might be here illegally...'
Do none of these people feel they should obey the law???
I for one do not yet know if Mr. Kerik lied. How is it that everyone on this thread seems to know it?
I heard things that leave me open-minded to the facts, whatever they turn out to be. I heard she had phony but convincing documents of her status. I heard his wife hired her when he was in Iraq training the police force. If any of that is true, then I don't conclude that he lied, but that at a minimum he and his vetters failed to do a decent job in nailing down any possible problem.
If it is proven to me that he lied, I will accept it but not until. The man risked his life in Iraq trying to help America and the Iraqi people. He did not have to to that. For that alone, he should not be treated like pond scum, in my opinion.
Well, we can clearly see why Republican leaders don't want to do anything about illegal immigrants. They employ them.
This is bs. I can't imagine a better qualified person for homeland security.
Crikees! Can't we do better than that? How about Tancredo?
"Senator Susan Collins, a Maine Republican and the chairwoman of the Government Affairs Committee, said that among the possible candidates to succeed Mr. Kerik, at least in her mind, would be Senator Joseph I. Lieberman, Democrat of Connecticut, or Asa Hutchinson, the assistant secretary at homeland security."
Who is doing candidate vetting at the WH, idiots? This reminds me of the Klintoon years and the many failings to vet his miserable candidates for office. Zooks!