Former Senator Tom Daschle withdrew his nomination as the secretary of Health and Human Services amidst questions over his taxes and time spent as an adviser to an investment firm and to a Washington law firm. "I realized that I can't pass health care if I am too much of a distraction," Daschle says. The Obama administration is now scrambling to find someone to fill the HHS post. People thought to be under consideration include the governor of Kansas, Kathleen Sebelius, Pennsylvania's governor, Edward Rendell, the governor of Michigan, Jennifer Granholm, and John Kitzhaber, the former governor of Oregon.
Another post in the Obama administration that is still up for grabs is the commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration. At the Intersection, Chris Mooney says FDA has been fraught with problems, most recently involving peanut butter. Mooney's choice would be Susan Wood, who was the director of women's health there.