President Obama Aug. 2 withdrew his nomination of Leon Rodriguez to be Wage and Hour Division Administrator at the U.S. Department of Labor. Rodriguez was nominated Dec. 2, 2010, and his nomination never even got a hearing by the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions before it was withdrawn by the White House.
Rodriguez's nomination was considered by some Republicans to be controversial due to his current position as deputy assistant attorney general and chief of staff for the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, where he oversees the department's work on immigration and national-origin civil rights issues.
The post of WHD Administrator has been vacant during Obama's entire term. The post's duties have been taken on by WHD Deputy Administrator Nancy J. Leppink.
Obama's bad luck with WHD administrator nominees began with his first nominee, Lorelei Boylan, who withdrew her nomination from consideration six months after she had been nominated. Her nomination was blemished in the eyes of many Republicans because of her position at the New York State Department of Labor, when she helped administer a program called New York Wage Watch, which had been launched by M. Patricia Smith, now Obama's Solicitor of Labor. New York Wage Watch helps investigate state wage and hour violations.
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The White House's announcement of its withdrawal of Rodriguez's nomination may be found at http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/08/02/presidential-nominations-and-withdrawl-sent-senate.