Michèle Flournoy, the woman who many believed to be President Barack Obama‘s choice to replace Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense, has removed herself from consideration, according to Foreign Policy.
Flournoy, the former undersecretary of defense for policy from 2009 to 2012, reportedly asked Obama to remove her from his shortlist, and told her colleagues at the Center for a New American Security that she voluntarily dropped out of contention due to “family considerations.” (Back in 2012, she was one of Obama’s top three choices for the job, and had been vetted by the administration for the position.)
If nominated and confirmed, Flournoy would have been the first female secretary of defense, and one who would have played well with “hawkish” Republicans interested in increasing the Pentagon’s budget Politico observed yesterday. However, she would have to do so while toting the “baggage” of the Obama administration, and “it might be tempting for her and other candidates for the Cabinet post to wait for a fresh start in the new administration.”
Flournoy is the second person to remove themselves from consideration to replace Hagel: Sen. Jack Reed (D), now the ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, declined the position, saying that he “loves his job” as the Senator from Rhode Island.
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