Skip to comments.Idaho senators block Bush's ATF pick
Posted on 12/13/2007 12:49:33 PM PST by neverdem
Idaho's senators are blocking President Bush's nominee to head the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, saying the agency has become overly aggressive in enforcing gun laws.
Republican Sens. Larry Craig and Mike Crapo placed separate holds on the nomination of federal prosecutor Michael Sullivan, the acting ATF director for more than a year.
Crapo's spokesman, Lindsay Nothern, said the senator's office has heard from a number of gun dealers, gun owners and others in Idaho who "have concerns about ATF policies regarding gun sales and even (gun) ownership. Maybe the federal government is getting a little too aggressive with people who haven't done anything wrong."
Sullivan, who also serves as U.S. attorney in Massachusetts, was nominated by Bush in March. The Senate Judiciary Committee approved his nomination last month.
Under Senate rules, a single senator, sometimes anonymously, can put a hold on legislative action for months.
The ATF had no immediate comment Wednesday.
Crapo met with Sullivan last week and "had some pointed questions," Nothern said. The senator is still waiting for answers, Nothern said.
Sidney Smith, a spokesman for Craig, said the Craig's intention "was not to throw up a permanent roadblock. We were hearing concerns from people in our state about how ATF was working with law-abiding gun dealers on compliance issues."
Craig also met with Sullivan and awaits answers to his questions, Smith said.
The action comes as an Idaho gun shop wages a high-profile battle with the ATF over its right to buy and trade guns.
The ATF stripped the license of Red's Trading Post, in Twin Falls, Idaho, in March after an audit found numerous record-keeping violations over a five-year period.
A federal judge later ruled the agency had exaggerated and omitted some of the findings it used to revoke the license. U.S. District Judge Edward Lodge allowed the gun shop to continue operating until he decides whether the license revocation was legal. The case is pending.
Sullivan, a former GOP state legislator, has been known for a tough stance on drug and gun cases in his tenure as U.S. attorney. One judge criticized him publicly for burdening the federal system with cases that could be handled by state prosecutors.
Associated Press writer Andrew Miga contributed to this report.
Gotta give ol’ widestance credit on this one.
Apparently Sullivan refused to give Craig the in-kind bribe he requested.
Mike Crapo? His name is really Mike Crap-o?
Conversely, if you want off my ping-list, let me know.
And my apologies for any redundant pings.
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I bet if the nominee would agree to meet Larry Craig in a men’s public restroom, he’d support him....
This one-person veto in the Senate happened to me in 1981. Some yahoo Senator put a hold on the entire promotion list for the Air Force for about 9 months because of one name he didn’t like. Meanwhile, several hundred of us cooled our heels one rank lower than we should have been. When the list was finally released, we got retroactive date of rank adjustments but NOT retroactive pay. Cost me about $3000.
Lost six months of Captain’s pay back in 1994 because of our congress-critters.
Yep. He seems a decent enough guy, but you have to wonder how he managed to get ANYWHERE in politics with a name like that.
Sounds like SOME Senators are declaring independence from King George. Also sounds like they are justified. BATF should be aborted.
Yay for my State! Course doesn’t surprise me at all they would help block it.
“His name is really Mike Crap-o?”
His best friend in congress is John Boehner.
Article doesn't mention the almost weekly (definitely monthly) ATF raids and spot checks that occur over at Red's.
Also doesn't mention that a "record-keeping violation" includes things as minor as writing "ID" on an application instead of spelling out "Idaho" on the address line.
This guy could be a friend of Larry’s.
Well at least his last name isn’t Hunt!
IF, for no other reason Bush should not have appointed him because he comes from the liberal state of MA. I'm glad the Idaho Senators blocked him. Bush has a tendacy to appoint liberals until Americans raise a big stink about the person he has chosen. Some things never change. I don't trust anything Bush does these days! He's a globalist traitor, and has no concern about America/Americans!!
“Republican Sens. Larry Craig and Mike Crapo”
Wasn’t Craig in the Crapo?
Up here there’s a county legislator by the name of Ponzi.
Hey, gotta give some extra credit to a guy who can get elected with a name like that!
It looks funny but it is pronounced Bay-ner.
Mark another attempt to screw us by Jorge El Segundo.
His former AG Alberto was anti-gun too.
There is hardly anything Jorge touches which he doesn’t screw up.
I must say that IMO it sure took you long enough to see the truth. I am glad more FReepers are able to see these days though.
Keep your glasses clean.
What kind of schemes does he come up with?
He is 100% for 2nd Amendment gun rights, and 100% against illegal aliens, unlike Senator Wide Stance.
“Hey, back off of Mike Crapo. He is one of the most Conservative members of the Senate.”
Sorry, I shouldn’t have posted that.
I don’t know anything about him...
Good for them.
Defund the ATF.
Be fair. The Bush administration may treat gun rights as nonexistant, but at least they're individual nonexistent rights.
Should be a convenience store rather than a bureau of the US government.
Nothing beats an individual non-existant right - except maybe a “virtual” border fence.
Maybe? Better to shut this out of control agency down than to argue over who heads it up
I know but it depends on who is talking to him I expect!
Keep your glasses clean.
Huh? Did you mean to post that to someone else? I'm sure you didn't mean it for me because I've been outspoken against this President when it wasn't so accepted here on FR. I've been a very vocal critic against GWB and his open borders policy, his liberal spending, his globalist agenda and have taken exception with his nominations and many issues over his first and second terms. I am one woman who speaks her mind, and have burned up the airways to DC, not just to him, but to ALL of my elected representatives in DC. So much so, that they all hate me now. LOL
I've had problems with elPresidente Boosh since the first trip he took to South America where he gave away millions of our tax dollars everywhere he went. I've been bitterly opposed to his shamnesty plans. You should know that because we've posted on illegal immigration threads in the past. I have also been very critical of him using US muscle against Israel to give the Palestinians land that was God given to Israel.
There is another FReeper with NRA in his nickname. Perhaps you meant him?
Nixon froze everything in the early 70s.
Cost me a bundle as well.
No, bribes weren’t part of it. Craig and Crapo finally listened to people like Ryan Horsley, Len Savage and others and they finally researched the documentation at places like www.nfaoa.org and www.jpfo.org.
If you go to the first web addy and check out the documentation, it’ll shock you what the BATFE has been trying to get away with.
That's all you need to know about his position on gun rights. King George II sucking up to his buddy Lord Teddy the Grossly Obese by appointing one of Teddy's anti-gun cronies. Where are the bushbots to tell us all how this is some sort of secret clever move by Bush to enhance gun owners rights?
“Idaho senators block Bush’s ATF pick” and “And my apologies for any redundant pings.”
Joe, good news can never be redundant. I heard this ATF guy is a real a$$clown.
Keep up the great work you do with the Bang list.
folks in Idaho still remember Ruby Ridge and view the ATF as a dangerous police state vehicle
Good that these Senators stepped up
Not real familiar w Sen Crapo....but sounds like I wouldnt mind trading Idaho my liberal anti-American FL senators for him (like Idaho would ever agree to such a deal)
Bush’s nomination sounds like more liberal globalist nonsense. Of course, Bush sounds like a gun-grabber....and you can bet his NAU plans will include gun-grabbing
>Perhaps you meant him?<
Very good possibility.