Former congressman Nick Lampson tells the Houston Chronicle in today’s edition that he is not a candidate for the NASA administrator job. Lampson said he has not undergone the background checks and other vetting that would correspond with being a candidate for the job. And about those reports he had met with White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel? The NASA position did not come in the latest meeting between the two former House members, Lampson told the paper.
The Chronicle suggests that with Lampson no longer a candidate for the job (as noted here last week), the White House might now turn to Charles Bolden, the former astronaut strongly endorsed by Sen. Bill Nelson. But if the Obama Administration wasn’t interested in Bolden before, why would they turn to him now and look like they’re capitulating to Nelson?