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LaHood Confirmation Hearing Postponed

By Carol Leonnig
The confirmation hearing for Ray LaHood to be Barack Obama's secretary of transportation was postponed until at least next week, the committee announced just before the hearing was to begin this afternoon at 3 p.m.

The Senate Commerce Committee is trying to gather up some necessary background paperwork from the Obama transition team that the committee says is normally provided on nominees. The Obama transition has become increasingly anxious about the backgrounds of nominees now that two nominees have hit significant bumps in the rush of confirmation hearings. The Obama pick for commerce secretary, New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, withdrew from consideration after the FBI flagged an ongoing grand jury investigation that is looking at the governor's office role in the hiring of a bond adviser and Richardson donor. And Treasury Secretary-designate Tim Geithner has had his hearing rescheduled after questions came up about errors he made earlier this decade in reporting and paying his taxes.

The Post reported this morning that LaHood, a seven-term Republican Congressman from Illinois who retired last month, has close ties to a Republican power-broker indicted in the pay-to-play scandal that also led to Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's recent arrest. The story also documented LaHood's sponsorship of $60 million in congressional earmarks last year, and how at least $9 million of them directly benefited his top campaign donors.

Posted at 4:34 PM ET on Jan 14, 2009  | Category:  Cabinet
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LaHood was an errand boy for Bill Cellini, an indicted power broker from Illinois. He also is a Dennis Hastert protege. Hastert, by the way, is identified in the Blagojovich complaint as Individual C. Hastert also used earmark money to flip land and make a huge profit. Obama, please get us a clean nominee.

Posted by: fredfromillinois | January 15, 2009 9:19 AM

Rumsfeld had "intelligence" problems.

Libby had "honesty" problems.

Cheney had "fascist" problems.

Bush had "governing" problems.

JakeD HAS "mental" problems.

Posted by: windycityward | January 15, 2009 12:09 AM


Posted by: JakeD | January 14, 2009 11:57 PM

Did the Obama team really think they could coast through the nomination process after being so diligent and by-the-book with the campaign and the rest of the transition? Did they think Senate Republicans would give them a break? Lackadaisical...

Posted by: parkerfl1 | January 14, 2009 6:11 PM


Did you hear anyone else "talking" on this thread?

Posted by: JakeD | January 14, 2009 5:50 PM

Oh well did LaHood pay all his taxes? Did he hire illegal alien housekeepers? And the
most Important Question of All Can He Play
Basketball On Team Obama? And did Obama pick the King Of Earmarks to help Obama and
his thief Sec of Treasury Nominee steal all
our tax money as well? Dump both of them!

It is clearly time Liar in Chief Elect Fake
US Citizen,President Elect Barack Hussein
Obama,the New Democrat Version of GOP President US Grant the most corrupt President in US history needs to Resign
or Be Impeached And Removed From Office as
Obama and Company already are making even
George W Bush and Draft Dodger VP Cheney
look fully qualified for Sainthood. So much
for Obama's BS about "Change We Can Believe In" LIES!

Posted by: Ralphinphnx | January 14, 2009 5:45 PM

you're talking to yourself, buddy.

Posted by: jdmaccoby | January 14, 2009 5:33 PM

• Obama has "natural born" citizen problems

• Biden has MBNA problems

Posted by: JakeD | January 14, 2009 5:00 PM

• Geithner has tax and nanny problems

• Clinton has "Bill problems"

• Eric Holder has pardon problems

• Bill Richardson has FBI problems

• Ray LaHood has earmark problems

• Leon Panetta had a Dianne Feinstein problem (that's since been cleared up)

• Rahm Emanuel has a Blagojevich problem (but Team Obama says it's not a problem, so never mind)

• Carol Browner has "Socialist" problems

Posted by: JakeD | January 14, 2009 4:57 PM

So, for those of you keeping score at home, that two postponements and one (Bill Richardson) cancelation -- maybe we can work our way up to the top and find Obama's LONG FORM birth certificate before January 20th -- stay tuned!

Posted by: JakeD | January 14, 2009 4:55 PM

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