Still waiting for her confirmation hearing more than four months after she was nominated, President Obama’s pick to be the U.S. ambassador to Mexico withdrew her nomination earlier this week.
Maria Echaveste, whose parents were Mexican immigrants, would have been the first woman to have the post.
The White House confirmed her decision to the Loop, which was first reported by Politico. Eric Schultz, White House spokesman, said she “cited the prolonged confirmation process and her family’s best interests in her request.”
“Echaveste is a proven leader and a renowned expert on U.S.– Mexico policy with a strong record of public service,” he said. “While the President regrets the long delays in this confirmation process that have led her to this decision, he accepts it and wishes her all the best in future endeavors.”
Echaveste was Bill Clinton’s deputy chief of staff, is a supporter of Hillary Rodham Clinton and an advocate for immigration reform – which all would have made her a target in the now Republican-controlled Senate.