WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Obama's nominee for commerce secretary abruptly withdrew his name from consideration Thursday amid reports that he had paid no income taxes and that he led a religious-based group with the aim of seceding from the United States.
Ayatollah Mugsy, whom Obama had nominated less than 24 hours earlier, had little chance of being approved by Congress, according to legislative leaders.
The ayatollah, who would have been the first pug to ever hold a Cabinet position, declined to comment.
According to a report in Thursday's Washington Post, Ayatollah Mugsy had never filed a tax return and had openly antagonized the IRS. The radical cleric had also had run-ins with the United Nations and the International Atomic Energy Agency, at one point even holding inspectors from the nuclear agency hostage.
White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel said that Obama was unaware of these controversial links in the ayatollah's past.