4/06/2005

Could Bolton's nomination be blocked?

From the Boston Globe:
Senator Lincoln Chafee's office said yesterday that his constituency is "overwhelmingly" opposed to the nomination of John Bolton as US ambassador to the United Nations, signaling that Chafee is leaning against supporting Bolton in a move that could derail the nomination. If Chafee, a moderate Republican from Rhode Island who serves on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, joins with Democrats who are expected to unanimously oppose the nomination, Republicans will not have enough votes to send the confirmation to the Senate floor. Citizens for Global Solutions, a national grass-roots group that advocates for international institutions, including the United Nations, has spent about $20,000 in Rhode Island to air a television ad against Bolton on Fox News, NBC, CBS, and two radio stations. The group also launched a website, www.stopbolton.org, which encourages viewers to sign a petition and write letters to senators in key states, including Chafee. Hourahan said that 110 people contacted Chafee's Washington office on Monday alone, most of whom said they had received an e-mail from the office of Senator John F. Kerry, Democrat of Massachusetts, about the Bolton nomination. Over the years, Chafee has often gone against the grain of his party. He was the only Republican to vote against the White House war resolution in October 2002 leading up to the invasion of Iraq, and was one of two Republicans to vote against Bush's tax cuts.

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