Reid Must Go

1 comment October 31st, 2007at 06:27pm Posted by Eli

This may be a new low for Harry Reid:

Former Colorado parks director Lyle Laverty’s confirmation to a top post in the U.S. Interior Department was pushed through the Senate on Monday while a member blocking the vote was home tending to his wife and newborn twins.

Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., for seven months had opposed Laverty’s confirmation as assistant secretary for fish and wildlife and parks, demanding that Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne address ethical lapses within the department.

On Friday, Wyden’s wife gave birth to twins, and the senator was in Oregon on paternity leave Monday when Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., scheduled the vote.

“I am fuming,” said Scott Silver, co-founder of Wild Wilderness, an Oregon forest advocacy group. “If an effort was made to go around Wyden, knowing that he was with his wife in the hospital just becoming a father of twins, that is truly shameful.”

Wyden publicly placed a hold on Laverty’s nomination days after it was announced by President Bush in March.

Wyden’s office was notified Monday of the call for a vote, “and it was clear that Sen. Wyden had not lifted the hold,” said his chief of staff, Josh Kardon.


Reid on Oct. 4 addressed Vice President Dick Cheney on the Senate floor, saying he was working to clear Laverty’s name for the job that oversees the National Parks Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

“But I have been unable to do that,” Reid said, according to the Congressional Record. “We have a member on our side with whom I have worked all afternoon. We thought we had it done once, but it did not work out. I am confident, though, it will work out.”

Reid is not only imitating Republicans on policy, but also on tactics. (Only against other Democrats, however.) It is absolutely disgusting that the Democrats tolerate a Majority Leader who is tough on progressives and soft on Republicans.

I don’t just want Reid out of the leadership, I want him out of the Senate.

(h/t Zappatero)

Entry Filed under: Democrats,Politics,Wankers

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  • 1. Multi Medium » On W&hellip  |  October 31st, 2007 at 7:31 pm

    […] the latest anti-progressive Democratic outrage (by Harry Reid this time), solidified a change of my mind.  I now believe that fake Democrats are far, far worse […]

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