Friday, March 12, 2004

D’oh!

From the WaPo:

Bush’s Choice for New Post Withdraws

A Nebraska executive withdrew under pressure from consideration for a new job leading administration efforts to restore manufacturing jobs, an aide to President Bush said yesterday. The six-month-old search began anew.

The prospective nominee, Anthony F. Raimondo, recently opened a factory in China, and Bush’s opponent, Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.), called the businessman “a poster person” for policies “that have affected millions of Americans negatively.”

Raimondo arrived in Washington late Wednesday to prepare for festivities scheduled for yesterday related to his nomination to a new position Bush announced on Labor Day, assistant secretary of commerce for manufacturing and services.

By the time Raimondo landed, the administration was walking away from him after objections from a home-state senator and charges by Democrats that Raimondo’s business — Behlen Manufacturing Co. of Columbus, Neb., which makes prefabricated buildings — symbolized the job losses dogging Bush’s campaign.