Four GOP Senators Set to Assist in Loretta Lynch AG Confirmation
March 13th, 2015 • iizthatiiz
The confirmation vote for Loretta Lynch as the next Attorney General appears to be headed toward a deadlock.
Politico reports that indications are that fifty Republican’s will vote against Lynch’s confirmation, forty-six Democrats and Independents will vote in favor of Lynch along with four GOP Senators. This head count leads to a 50-50 result by the full chamber, leaving Vice President Joe Biden to break the tie and allow Lynch to become the nations top law enforcer.
The confirmation showdown is set for next week. Senate Majority Leader McConnell hasn’t indicated how he will vote, though two members of his leadership team – Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn of Texas and Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt, the fifth-ranking Republican – are confirmed “no” votes. (Politico)
It is highly unlikely that McConnell will separate himself from his senatorial lieutenants, but there are no public reports that the leadership is applying any pressure on the four GOP lawmakers who are lining up with Obama’s nominee.
According to Politico, Lynch’s GOP backers are Arizona’s Jeff Flake, Maine’s Susan Collins, South Carolina’s Lindsey Graham, and Utah’s Orrin Hatch.
With GOP leadership apparently unwilling to sway the four defectors from their ranks, the last remaining hope to prevent Lynch’s confirmation may fall upon the voters who placed these Senators into office. Lindsey Graham may be particularly susceptible as he weighs a presidential bid.
The Senate confirmation vote for Lynch will take place next week!