Thursday, May 12, 2005

Voinovich Blasts Bolton, Will Vote No


According to MSNBC, Sen. George Voinovich of Ohio today questioned John Bolton's qualifications to be President Bush's U.N. ambassador, citing "serious deficiencies."

Voinovich described Bolton as “arrogant” and “bullying.”

The senator said he would vote AGAINST the nomination in committee.

“John Bolton is the poster child of what someone in the diplomatic corps should not be,” Senator Voinovich said.

He also said that John Bolton would be fired if he was in private business.

Voinovich also said he supported sending Bolton's nomination to the full Senate for a vote. “We owe it to the president to give Mr. Bolton an up or down vote on the floor.”

Republicans hold a 10-8 edge on the committee.

All eight Democrats have said they would vote against Bolton.

Therefore Voinovich's single “no” GOP vote would cause a tie in a vote to approve Bolton and keep the nomination from going to the floor. One more would kill. John Chafee, liberal Republican, also sits on the committee.

This is pretty shocking, though. Good for Voinovich.

Even if Bolton's behavior is common in Washington, which I very much doubt, that doesn't make it right.

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