Bernard Kerik's decision to withdraw his name as Homeland Security secretary-designate because of issues involving hired help at home is not the first time a Cabinet nominee has...

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Bernard Kerik’s decision to withdraw his name as Homeland Security secretary-designate because of issues involving hired help at home is not the first time a Cabinet nominee has been derailed by the nanny problem. Three individuals withdrew their names as nominees by President Clinton for Cabinet and other high posts because of similar political obstacles.



Zoe Baird:

The attorney who was Clinton’s first choice to be attorney general became the first of his nominees to fall victim to the “nanny problem.” She had not paid Social Security taxes for a housekeeper, an illegal immigrant.

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Lani Guinier:

Clinton’s choice to head the Justice Department’s civil-rights division also had not paid taxes for a domestic worker.



Kimba Wood:

The nomination of the federal-district judge to be attorney general never went forward after the disclosure that she had hired an illegal immigrant as a baby-sitter. She had paid the required Social Security taxes and broke no laws.