Skip to comments.Bush bypasses Senate to name ambassador [Democrats had denounced Fox for his 2004 donation...]
Posted on 04/04/2007 1:48:38 PM PDT by Sub-Driver
Bush bypasses Senate to name ambassador
By JENNIFER LOVEN, Associated Press Writer 7 minutes ago
President Bush named Republican fundraiser Sam Fox as U.S. ambassador to Belgium on Wednesday, using a maneuver that allowed him to bypass Congress where Democrats had derailed Fox's nomination.
Democrats had denounced Fox for his 2004 donation to the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth. The group's TV ads, which claimed that Sen. John Kerry exaggerated his military record in Vietnam, were viewed as a major factor in the Massachusetts Democrat losing the election.
Recognizing Fox did not have the votes to obtain Senate confirmation, Bush withdrew the nomination last month. On Wednesday, with Congress out of town for a spring break, the president used his power to make recess appointments to put Fox in the job without Senate confirmation.
This means Fox can remain ambassador until the end of the next session of Congress, effectively through the end of the Bush presidency.
Bush also used his recess appointment authority to make Andrew Biggs deputy director of Social Security. The president's earlier nomination of Biggs, an outspoken advocate of partially privatizing the government's retirement program, was rejected by Senate Democrats in February.
Fox, a 77-year-old St. Louis businessman, gave $50,000 to the Swift Boat group. He is national chairman of the Jewish Republican Coalition and was dubbed a "ranger" by Bush's 2004 campaign for raising at least $200,000. He is founder and chairman of the Clayton, Mo.-based Harbour Group, which specializes in the takeover of manufacturing companies
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I wonder if all the posters here who decried Bush for having no B*lls when the nomination was pulled, will show up and apologize.
Ugly, this is going to ugly.
Bush inserts the knife and twists...
This makes me laugh. There were so many here who were quick to condemn Bush. Turns out he was smart like a Fox!
it’s time republicans did ugly.
my thought exactly
Revenge is a platter best served cold...
Atta boy GW! Nothing like a little castor beans to the eyes.
Well, he told them not to leave. (Snicker)
Well, smack my a@@ and call me Sally.
Thank You GWB.
(snort- He didn’t even wait until after the newscasts Friday night - looks like Nancy’s road trip may have some competition for liberal news coverage tonight).
I was wondering the same thing.
He should do this with ever spot he can till Jan 2009
I had high hopes he would do this.
Just didn’t really expect it.
IN YOUR FACE, JON CARRY
Sends a positive signal regarding the Iraq supplemental — the Prez is not going to rescue the RATS from themselves.
A shot across the bow....eh