Associated Press reports, “President Joe Biden’s choice to run the Federal Aviation Administration has withdrawn his nomination, a setback for the administration that comes after Denver International Airport CEO Phillip Washington appeared to lack enough support in the closely divided Senate. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg confirmed Washington’s withdrawal in a tweet Saturday night, calling him ‘an excellent nominee’ and blaming undeserved and partisan attacks. Republicans were united in opposition to Washington, calling him unqualified because of limited aviation experience.” Washington led LA Metro for six years before taking the Denver airport job in 2021. Earlier in his career, he led President Biden’s transition team on transportation and Denver’s regional public transit agency.
KMGH reports on a statement Mr. Washington issued today explaining why he decided to remove his name from consideration.