Saule Omarova, President Biden’s pick to head up a key banking regulation position has now unceremoniously withdrawn herself from consideration.
The news is another blow for the Biden Administration already reeling from months of bad news.
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Omarova’s withdrawal came after concerns from Republican senators about the Cornell University professor’s writings as a legal scholar, as well as her background of being raised in the former Soviet Union.
“I don’t know whether to call you professor or comrade,” Sen. John Kennedy, R-La., said at her confirmation hearing, in a quip that was criticized by Democrats.
But Omarova also faced what ultimately was the more problematic lack of support for her nomination by several moderate Democrats, Mark Warner of Virginia, and Montana’s Jon Tester, due to her opposition to a bill that had lifted some regulatory restrictions on banks.
Biden on Tuesday condemned what he called the “inappropriate personal attacks” on Omarova, “that were far beyond the pale.”