Charles Hurley, the Mothers Against Drunk Driving CEO who has been criticized by some environmentalists, has withdrawn from consideration as head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
President Barack Obama said last month he planned to nominate Hurley to head the Transportation Department agency responsible for vehicle safety and fuel-economy standards. Obama hadnt formally sent the nomination to the Senate.
NHTSA spokeswoman Elly Martin confirmed in an e-mail today that Hurley withdrew from consideration. Neither she nor a White House spokesman would say why he pulled out .
Hurley did not immediately return a phone message left at MADD.
His potential nomination had been criticized by environmentalists such as Dan Becker, director of the Safe Climate Campaign.
Becker cited Hurleys work at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety in the 1990s, when he said Hurley backed car companies that were fighting attempts to reduce vehicle size to improve fuel economy.
MADDs Web site says its mission is to stop drunk driving, support the victims of this violent crime and prevent underage drinking.