President Bush’s original pick for Secretary of Labor, Linda Chavez, had to withdraw her nomination when it was revealed that she hired an illegal immigrant to help around the house.
Timothy Geithner, President-elect Obama’s Treasury Secretary-designee, was found to have the same issue plus a possible $42,000 unpaid tax bill (never a good qualification for running the IRS). Luckily for Geithner, he has a much better PR team that apparently draws inspiration from Steve Martin, circa 1978:
“You can be a millionaire and never pay taxes!… First, get a million dollars. Now you say, ‘Steve, what do I say when the tax man comes to my door and says, “You have never paid taxes”?’ Two simple words. Two simple words in the English language: I forgot.”