Monday, January 12, 2009

GOP support for Holder?

Warner bucks GOP-ers, backs Holder

Sen. Arlen Specter and other Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee may want to derail or slow down Eric Holder’s nomination to become the next attorney general, but one of their just departed colleagues is going to bat for the nominee.

Former Sen. John Warner (R-Va.), who just stepped down from the Senate after 30 years in the body, will appear on behalf of Holder during Thursday’s Judiciary Committee hearing, according to Sen. Patrick Leahy’s (D-Vt.) office. Leahy is the chairman of the panel.
Leahy's office also released a long list of GOP backers for Holder on Friday, including former Rep. Bob Barr (R-Ga.); Joseph E. diGenova, a former U.S. attorney and Clinton critic; Manus Cooney, former GOP chief counsel on Senate Judiciary; and Makan Delrahim, former GOP staff director on Judiciary.

The Judiciary Committee is expected to vote on Holder’s nomination sometime later this month. Leahy is predicting strong GOP support for the nomination, both in his committee and the Senate as a whole. At least one Republican on the Judiciary panel, Sen. Orrin Hatch (Utah), has already announced his intention to back Holder’s nomination, and other GOP lawmakers have praised Holder’s nomination by President-elect Barack Obama.

Mitch needs to reign in his people or let someone else lead.

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