Specter Is Dawn Johnsen’s 60th Senate Vote
Brian Beutler at TPM reports that under pressure from Senate primary challenger Rep. Joe Sestak (D-Pa.), Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.) says he’d vote for Office of Legal Counsel chief nominee Dawn Johnsen, whose nomination has been stalled for almost a year:
“After voting ‘pass’ (which means no position) in the Judiciary Committee, I had a second extensive meeting with Ms. Johnsen and have been prepared to support her nomination when it reaches the Senate floor,” reads a statement from Specter sent to TPMDC.
Unless Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) suddenly reverses his pro-Johnsen position, which is unlikely since his spokesman Andy Fisher just said the senator has “not changed his view” on Johnsen’s nomination “at all,” that’s 60 votes for Johnsen, who had to be renominated this year after her nomination never made it to the floor for a vote in 2009. Specter, various GOPers and Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) vocally questioned her judgment.
(Let’s show Greg Sargent some respect on this story, too.)