Friday, May 29, 2009
Tax Prof Elizabeth Garrett (USC) has withdrawn as President Obama's nominee to be Assistant Secretary for Tax Policy. From Bloomberg (Garrett Withdraws as Top Tax Official in Blow to Obama Agenda):
Garrett ... said in her withdrawal statement that personal considerations “have required that I reassess my initial decision to be considered for this office.” ... Jeff Trinca, a tax lobbyist at Van Scoyoc & Associates in Washington who became friends with Garrett when both worked on Capitol Hill, said she wasn’t willing to undergo the rigorous vetting process Obama has imposed on his nominees following the administration’s early stumbles. “The nomination process has gotten so harsh that good people like Beth are unwilling to put them and their families through the wringer,” Trinca said.