Monday, March 27, 2006

DP World Exec's Nomination Withdrawn

WASHINGTON - An executive with a Dubai-owned company withdrew his nomination as head of the agency that oversees ports in a letter to President Bush on Monday.

Bush in January nominated David Sanborn, DP World's director of operations for Europe and Latin America, to head the Maritime Administration.


Former presidential candidate John Kerry, D-Mass., and Sen. Bill Nelson (news, bio, voting record), D-Fla., put holds on Sanborn's nomination, saying they needed to know more about his role in the process that allowed DP World to purchase the port operations in the first place.

"I hope the withdrawal of this nomination means the administration is finally waking up to the homeland security problems with our ports, not just saving face after the merciful end of the Dubai debacle," said Kerry.

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