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Prediction: Taxes will scuttle Solis nomination for Labor Secretary
February 05, 2009 by Ross Runkel at LawMemo

U.S. Rep. Hilda Solis is the President's nominee for Secretary of Labor.

Yesterday, Solis' husband paid off about $6,400 worth of tax liens that had been outstanding for as long as 16 years against his business. [Article]Let's be clear. These were tax liens arising out of the husband's separately-owned business.

My prediction: Solis will withdraw her nomination. The folks on the street are weary of the parade of Obama nominees who have tax problems. Although we're talking about Solis' husband's tax problems, the folks on the street are not going to make that distinction. If the President's people are smart (and they are), they will drop Solis and move on to someone else. The short-term and long-term costs of hanging on to Solis are simply too high.

Too bad. Solis is highly qualified for the job.


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