Top Pentagon personnel nominee withdraws after op-ed surfaces

Top Pentagon personnel nominee withdraws after op-ed surfaces
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The nominee for the Pentagon's second-highest personnel role has withdrawn from consideration for the post after an op-ed he wrote for The Federalist surfaced, sources tell Politico.

A number of sources told the publication that J. David Patterson, who was nominated Jan. 9 for principal deputy undersecretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, was withdrawing his name.

The withdrawal stems from a 2017 op-ed that Patterson wrote for the conservative website, in which Patterson and co-author A.D.P. Efferson blame mass killings on immigrants who fail to assimilate to American culture.


“One explanation for the rise in terrorist behavior in the United States is the insidious and significantly difficult-to-pinpoint problem of failure to assimilate into an adopted culture,” Patterson and Efferson wrote. “By growing evidence, promoting ‘multiculturalism’ is a major culprit. We certainly don’t discount the influence of ISIS’ ubiquitous propaganda, but to be compelling there must be a willing mind.”

Continuing, they added: “Multiculturalism is the antithesis of what the United States stands for and the foundational thinking of our founding fathers that sustains America as its own unique society."

Patterson was nominated to take on the No. 2 personnel position at the Pentagon behind Matthew Donovan, who is the undersecretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness. Donovan's job is to assist and advise Defense Secretary Mark EsperMark EsperOvernight Defense: Supreme Court to hear case on diversion of Pentagon funds to border wall | Biden campaign cutting retired general from ad after objection | Trump's arms control talks with Russia hit wall Biden campaign removing retired general from ad after his complaint Overnight Defense: Pentagon IG to audit use of COVID-19 funds on contractors | Dems optimistic on blocking Trump's Germany withdrawal | Obama slams Trump on foreign policy MORE with training and personnel matters, as well as “equal opportunity, morale, welfare, recreation, and quality of life matters," Politico reports. Donovan's deputy is supposed to help with these tasks.

Patterson retired from the Air Force in 1993 with rank of colonel, having been a fighter pilot in Vietnam. He has served in the Pentagon before, holding the position of principal deputy undersecretary in the comptroller’s office during George W. Bush's administration.

Patterson didn't return Politico's multiple requests for comments.

The Hill reached out to the White House and the Pentagon for comment.