White House drops nominee amid Murkowski opposition
March 25, 2021
WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House is withdrawing its planned nomination of Elizabeth Klein to become deputy secretary at the Interior Department amid opposition from Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski.
Klein, who worked at Interior during the Obama administration, was among five women named by then-President-elect Joe Biden to serve as deputy Interior secretaries. But she was never formally nominated by the president and now won’t be, a White House spokesman said Tuesday.
Klein’s withdrawal was first reported by Politico.
Instead, Biden is expected to name Tommy Beaudreau, another former Obama-...