Dr. Lester Crawford, a veterinarian and food safety expert, resigned as head of the FDA Friday afternoon, effective immediately.
The president's spokesmodel, Christina Pearson, declined comment on the basis of the "personnel matter."
A couple of clips from the NYT article this morning:
- Before the Senate confirmed Dr. Crawford, a Senate committee looked into accusations that he was having an affair with a woman who worked in his office and that he had wasted government money by taking her on official trips when she was not needed. An anonymous letter also suggested that Dr. Crawford had helped the woman secure a promotion to a higher-paying job.
A government official said the resignation was related to the fact that Dr. Crawford had not fully disclosed information about his finances to the Senate before his confirmation. The official spoke on condition of anonymity, citing Dr. Crawford's privacy.
Of course, the Senate has presidential appointments under their purview (Dick Durbin voted against this schmuck).
One would think the Speaker of the House would want the President -- the leader of his own party -- to get to the bottom of these allegations once and for all.