The nomination of Debo Adegbile to head the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice was blocked in the Senate today. Only eight Democrats voted against his nomination. Harry Reid voted no but only so he can bring the nomination back up for a vote if he thinks he can get the votes later.
The Senate voted 47-52 Wednesday to reject controversial nominee Debo Adegbile to lead the Department of Justice’s Division of Civil Rights.
Seven Democrats voted against moving forward with President Obama’s nomination of Adegbile, which the Fraternal Order of Police and other groups opposed because of his involvement in the defense of Mumia Abu-Jamal, who was convicted of killing a Philadelphia police officer in 1981.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) switched his vote from yes to no in a procedural move that allows him to bring the nomination up again for a future vote.
The Senators in tough election contests this year who voted yes include Kay Hagan (D-NC), Mary Landrieu (D-LA), Mark Begich (D-AK), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Mark Udall (D-CO), Mark Warner (D-VA), Al Franken (D-MN) And Jeff Merkley (D-OR). I wonder what the voters in their states will think about that.
The only Democrats who voted no were Harry Reid as noted above, Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.), Joe Manchin (W.Va.), Mark Pryor (Ark.), Joe Donnelly (Ind.), John Walsh (Mont.), Chris Coons (Del.) and Bob Casey Jr. (Pa.). All of the rest of them voted for his radical. Not only did he voluntarily defend a cop killer and get him removed from death row, he wants to force employers to hire convicted felons.
Danny Faulkner is not available for comment.