Daschle Tends to Ill Family Member
By Ceci Connolly
Former senator Thomas A. Daschle, nominated to become secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, skipped the inauguration of his close friend Barack Obama in order to be with an ailing family member. A Daschle spokeswoman refused to release details, except to confirm that Daschle was outside of Washington today because of a family emergency.
Two other sources said that one of Daschle's three younger brothers has been diagnosed with a brain tumor. It was unclear when Daschle, who awaits a confirmation hearing by the Senate Finance Committee, would return to Washington.
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