White House Backs off Anti-Gun Activist Surgeon General Nominee Push Amid Backlash From…DemocratsPosted: March 19, 2014 | |
With the midterm elections looming, vulnerable Democrats may be moving even further from the White House by refusing to support yet another of President Obama’s hand-picked nominees.
“While the Senate has not yet scheduled a vote on Dr. Murthy, I have already told the White House I will very likely vote no on his nomination if it comes to the floor.”
The White House is still backing its controversial nominee but acknowledges that officials are “recalibrating” their strategy — amid vocal GOP opposition, waning support from Senate Democrats and concern about back-to-back defeats. Earlier this month, the administration failed to win Senate support for its nominee to lead the Justice Department’s civil rights division, Debo Adegbile.
Begich has also expressed concerns about the 36-year-old Murthy’s political advocacy and inexperience as a practicing physician.
Like Adegbile, Murthy is facing strong opposition on several fronts. The nominee is being targeted by the National Rifle Association for his support for gun control. Such opposition has created a tough situation for Senate Democrats facing re-election a year after the NRA led efforts to defeat Obama’s push for new firearms restrictions.
As a result, the White House doesn’t want to create more problems for vulnerable Democrats by asking them to take a hard vote now.
“Dr. Murthy is a dynamic, entrepreneurial practitioner who had dedicated a lot of time, energy and passion to health and wellness,” White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said Monday. “But after the confirmation vote of Debo Adegbile, we are recalibrating the strategy around Dr. Murthy’s floor vote.”
Adegbile had strong Democratic support before the vote earlier this month. But seven Senate Democrats joined all 44 Republicans in blocking the nomination, angering the White House.
The National Fraternal Order of Police led the effort to block the Adegbile nomination, mounting a campaign against him over his advocacy on behalf of Mumia Abu-Jamal, who was convicted of killing a Philadelphia police officer…Read the rest…
- White House says rethinking strategy for Surgeon General nominee (news.yahoo.com)
- White House says rethinking strategy for Surgeon General nominee (reuters.com)
- Obama Administration Backs Off Fight With NRA Over Anti-Gun Surgeon General Nominee..For Now (patdollard.com)
- NRA forces Obama to delay push on surgeon general (capitolhillblue.com)
- White House says rethinking strategy for Surgeon General nominee (trust.org)
- White House ‘Recalibrating’ On How To Save Surgeon General Nominee From Senate Defeat (huffingtonpost.com)
- White House backing off surgeon general, for now (kansascity.com)