UVA's Cannon withdraws from Obama's nomination
University of Virginia law school professor and former Albemarle Planning Commissioner Jon Cannon has withdrawn from President Obama's nomination to become the deputy administrator at the Environmental Protection Agency. According to the Associated Press, an internal EPA investigation brought up concerns about Cannon having served on the board of the now-defunct America's Clean Water Foundation, which could not account for $25 million in federal grants. Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK)– the top Republican on the Senate subcommittee considering Cannon's nomination– reportedly assured Cannon he would not oppose his nomination to the EPA's #2 post on these grounds. Still, Cannon says he's bowing out so as not to be a distraction to the Obama administration.