2004-12-11

Bushs Superbulle floppt: Kerik steigt aus

--- Als "ungemein qualifiziert" hatte Bush seinen Wunschkandidaten f�r das Heimatministerium, den Ex-Polizisten Bernard Kerik, angepriesen. Doch wirklich geeignet schien der Superbulle nicht f�r den Job. Jetzt hat Kerik von selbst Bush seinen R�cktritt von der Kabinettsliste erkl�rt. Zu Fall gebracht haben ihn aber nicht die gegen ihn bereits vorgebrachten prinzipielle Bedenken -- sondern ein Steuervergehen: Das illegal besch�ftigte Kinderm�dchen ist schuld. Kerik, 49, elaborated in a written statement, saying that in filling out forms required for Senate confirmation he "uncovered information that now leads me to question the immigration status of a person who had been in my employ as a housekeeper and nanny." "It has also been brought to my attention that for a period of time during such employment required tax payments and related filings had not been made," he wrote. Doch auch einige andere gegen ihn sprechende Punkte werden von der US-Presse noch mit erw�hnt: Even before the nanny issue arose, Democrats had targeted Kerik as the most vulnerable of Bush's second-term nominations. White House officials realized he was becoming a lightning rod, although they had thought he would survive. Democrats were focusing on the quick riches Kerik had accumulated since resigning in 2002 as police commissioner, a post he held during the 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. Since leaving his city office, he had received $6.2 million by exercising stock options he received as a consultant and director for Taser International, a maker of stun guns that did business with the Department of Homeland Security.