Tracy Stone-Manning, President Joe Biden’s nominee to lead the Bureau of Land Management, is under scrutiny for a past ‘deeply problematic’ land developer plan to help build a subdivision in 2006.
Alaskan Republican Sen. Dan Sullivan called on the president to withdraw Stone-Manning’s nomination following the release of the information.
Tracy Stone-Manning—a former member of the ecoterrorist group Earth First—is unfit to lead @BLMNational, an agency w/ enormous power over federal lands, particularly in Alaska.
Last night, I called on @POTUS to withdraw her nomination.
— Sen. Dan Sullivan (@SenDanSullivan) June 22, 2021
Former Bureau of Land Management Director Bob Abbey said, “BLM needs a really strong leader,” according to the Daily Caller.
He added, “To put someone in that position that has this type of resume will just bring needless controversy that is not good for the agency or for the public lands.”
The White House said in a statement that, “Tracy Stone-Manning is a dedicated public servant who has years of experience and a proven track record of finding solutions and common ground when it comes to our public lands and waters,” according to Fox News.
It added, “She is exceptionally qualified to be the next Director of the Bureau of Land Management.”
Stone-Manning’s nomination remains unscheduled. Her hearing will certainly include discussion of the controversy, offering another look at the past land deal.