Former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-SD) has withdrawn his nomination to become the next Secretary of Health and Human Services. Daschle had come under scrutiny in the past week over $146,000 in unpaid back taxes.
The back taxes were traced to to filing errors made between 2005 and 2007 involving charitable deductions and the use of a car and driver from an organization chaired by Daschle. Daschle said that he voluntarily filed amended returns after learning of the errors in December.
In addition to serving as HHS Secretary, Daschle was also selected to lead the White House Office of Health Reform, a new office created by President Obama.
The White House has not announced a nominee to replace Daschle.