Obama’s choice for Secretary of Health and Human Services has withdrawn his nomination for the position due to unpaid taxes, reports the Guardian.

“Tom Daschle, a former Democratic leader in the Senate who guided Obama on his arrival in Washington four years ago, withdrew from consideration for the post of health and human services secretary after newspapers called for him to step aside.

“Daschle, who paid more than $140,000 (£97,000) in arrears and penalties last month for failing to report his use of a company limousine, was the third of Obama’s appointees to have tax problems, calling into question his claims to represent a new way of doing business in Washington.”

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