[Guest post by DRJ]
Earlier today I asked “How Does the Obama Administration Screen Appointees?”
This evening Fox News’ Major Garrett gives us the answer — The Administration doesn’t vet the Czars:
“Van Jones, the Obama green jobs czar who resigned shortly after midnight Sunday, did not fill out the exhaustive questionnaire White House officials required of every Cabinet-level secretary and deputy-secretary position.
An administration official said special advisers to the president, or czars, are not required to fill out the questionnaire that runs 7 pages and contains 63 questions.
The entire questionnaire, the official said, is reserved for appointees who must win Senate confirmation.”
At least Brownie was confirmed by the Senate.
The article also quotes a 911Truth.org official who confirms Jones intended to sign their petition, and concludes with this juicy tidbit:
“An administration official said Jones never hid his controversial associations or remarks from the White House.
“It wouldn’t be fair to characterize him as being dishonest or hiding his comments or his positions,” the official said. “It’s just fair to say that he didn’t go through the most rigorous vetting process.”
So the Obama Administration knew about Jones’ beliefs but didn’t care? Or even agreed with him? That’s good to know.