Breaking: VA Secretary Jim Nicholson resigns.

Veterans Affairs Secretary Jim Nicholson has resigned.


Nicholson’s primary qualification for the VA job was serving as chairman of the Republican National Committee from 1997 to 2000, “raising close to $380 million for the 2000 cycle.” In March, Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) called for his resignation, noting that his appointment was purely political and looked “like a Brownie situation.”

UPDATE: In February, Nicholson tried to downplay the number of injured veterans, claiming that “a lot of them come in for dental problems.”

UPDATE II: In today’s press briefing, White House spokesman Tony Snow said that Nicholson plans to “stay on until October.”

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