Third Time’s the Charm? Obama Announces Another Nominee to Head TSA

May 17, 2010 5:21pm

ABC News’ Karen Travers reports:

The White House announced this afternoon that President Obama will nominate John S. Pistole to serve as the head of the Transportation Safety Administration (TSA).

Pistole is the president’s third nominee for this position. 

His first, Errol Southers, withdrew his name in January after criticism from conservatives put his confirmation prospects in jeopardy. Obama’s second choice to head the TSA, Retired Army Maj. Gen. Robert Harding withdrew his name in March because his past work as a defense contractor raised eyebrows and questions among lawmakers

Pistole currently serves as the deputy director of the FBI and in a statement today Obama cited Pistole’s long tenure there. 

“The talent and knowledge John has acquired in more than two decades of service with the F.B.I. will make him a valuable asset to our administration's efforts to strengthen the security and screening measures at our airports,” the statement said. “I am grateful that he has agreed to take on this important role, and I look forward to working with him in the weeks and months ahead.”

Pistole appeared at a press conference with Attorney General Eric Holder and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano earlier this month to address the attempted Times Square car bombing. Pistole has held his current position at the FBI since 2004.

-Karen Travers

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