Corporate Flunky Withdraws Nomination

Of course this does not mean that Chimpy won’t give him a recess appointment somewhere down the road.

President Bush’s pick to head the Consumer Product Safety Commission withdrew his nomination Wednesday amid strong opposition from some Senate Democrats.

The White House said it was reluctantly accepting the decision by Michael Baroody after “some members in the Senate rushed to judgment.”

Baroody is a lobbyist for the National Association of Manufacturers, and his critics on Capitol Hill said he would not provide the leadership the agency needed in order to protect consumers.

Democrats also had raised questions about a $150,000 payment that Baroody would have received when he left the lobbying group.

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