Another Day, Another Republican Hold on an Obama Nominee

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Wednesday, November 11, 2009 at 8:46 am

There may be no better example of how the Senate’s holds and filibusters work now than this one — Sen. George LeMieux (R-Fla.), who holds his job because his political ally Gov. Charlie Crist (R-Fla.) appointed him in September, has placed a hold on the Obama administration’s nominee for ambassador to Brazil. Tom Shannon’s nomination is on hold so LeMieux can “discuss my concerns” and “fully vet” him.

Shannon — who has been Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs since 2005 — was nominated in May.

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[...] Tom Shannon is a career foreign service officer. He’s also US Assistant Secretary of State for the Western Hemisphere. Has been since 2005. Was appointed to the job by George W Bush. Five months ago, Barack Obama appointed him to be Ambassador to Brazil. He’s obviously well-qualified. He sailed through committee. And then because Jim DeMint is a bad human being, he was subjected to a months-long hold. Then DeMint relented. So now it’s Senator George LeMieux of Florida’s turn to screw things up with a hold. [...]


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[...] understanding, Senator George LeMieux (R-Fla.) has decided to place a hold on Shannon, because, as Dave Weigel reports, he needs to “discuss [his] concerns” and “fully vet him.” This follows a [...]


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