Dick Lugar Supports Chris Hill
A few days ago Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Lindsay Graham (R-S.C.) announced their opposition to Ambassador Chris Hill, President Obama’s choice to become the next ambassador to Iraq. They’ve been joined in their opposition by Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Kans.) and, uh, former Vice President Dick Cheney. But so far they haven’t gotten any public support from Republicans on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, where Hill will be up next week for his confirmation hearing. None of the three senators are on the committee.
And they’ve just hit something of a roadblock in their effort to derail the Hill nomination. Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.), the ranking Republican on the committee, is supporting Hill. A Lugar staffer said that the senator met with Hill this morning and the meeting ended with Lugar backing Hill’s nomination.
I’ll have more on the fight over Hill later.