Biden FAA Nominee Who Struggled to Answer Basic Questions Withdraws After Sen. Sinema Voices Opposition
Independent Senator Kyrsten Sinema, the former Arizona Democrat who angered progressives by refusing to back Joe Biden’s Build Back Better Act, has scored another victory. This time around, the left-leaning legislator refused to back the Biden’s Federal Aviation Administration director nominee, forcing Phillip Washington to withdraw his candidacy.
The FAA director position has been vacant since March of 2022, with Billy Nolen filling in as acting director since. Curiously, despite Nolen’s 33 years of experience in the airline industry, Biden plowed ahead with his plans to install a 24-year Army veteran instead.
Sinema appears to share Republicans’ concerns about Washington. Republican senators spoke out against the nomination, with Texas Senator Ted Cruz leading the fight, arguing that Washington doesn’t have the experience in aviation safety required to do the job.
“With all respect, Mr. Washington, it gives no comfort to the flying public that their pilot might be a transgendered wit …