President Joe Biden announced he is withdrawing the nomination of Neera Tandem as budget chief at her request, following reports she would not be confirmed in the Senate due to past Twitter posts critical of political leaders.
Tandem was expected to become President Biden’s director of the Office of Management and Budget, but will now likely find a different role in the administration, according to the president. The report marks the first time a Biden cabinet nominee has failed to receive confirmation.
In Tanden’s letter to the president, she noted,
I appreciate how hard you and your team at the White House has worked to win my confirmation.
Unfortunately, it now seems clear that there is no path forward to gain confirmation, and I do not want continued consideration of my nomination to be a distraction from your other priorities.
I am incredibly grateful for your leadership on behalf of the American people and for your agenda that will make such a transformative difference in people’s lives.
The controversy surrounding Tandem arose after reports that she had deleted more than 1,000 tweets before the confirmation process began. The archived tweets included attacks on both parties, leading Wes Virginia Democrat Senator Joe Manchin to join with Republicans who announced plans to vote against her confirmation.
The Washington Post had reported, “Sen. Joe Manchin III (D-W.Va.) announced last month that he would oppose her, meaning Tanden would need the support of at least one Republican to be confirmed in the evenly divided Senate.”
Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders noted Tandem’s attacks against him when he ran against Hillary Clinton for the Democrat nomination in 2015. She had previously served as an advisor for the former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.
Tandem’s situation reveals the power of social media in today’s government. Despite deleting past posts, Tandem could not hide her previous attacks on lawmakers. Her actions offer much insight, as Americans recognize the influence social media can have for good or for bad.