Obama Statement on the Withdrawal of Industry Lobbyist Nomination to Head Consumer Safety Agency
"Mr. Baroody made the right decision to withdraw his name from consideration. His nomination highlights yet again the need to slow a revolving door that creates conflicts of interest between government officials and the industries they're supposed to be overseeing. I hope the President will appoint someone to this important position who has a demonstrated commitment to protecting the public from dangerous consumer products."
Mr. Baroody was an industry lobbyist for the National Manufacturers Association, which rewarded him with a $150,000 severance package before he became the Bush administration's nominee to head the CPSC.