Skip to comments.Sens. Craig, Crapo place holds on ATF director nomination
Posted on 10/13/2008 3:27:16 PM PDT by Domandred
A push by Idahos two senators to point out that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has become overly aggressive in enforcing gun laws could keep President Bushs pick to head that agency from being confirmed under the current administration.
Republican Sens. Larry Craig and Mike Crapo placed separate holds on the nomination of federal prosecutor Michael Sullivan, who has been the acting ATF director for more than two years.
In that time, U.S. Attorney Michael Sullivan has been consumed by that latest entry on his resume: acting chief of the ATF.
The Republican has been balancing both jobs while dealing with the opposition to his confirmation. Now, with the presidential election a month away and Congress adjourned, Sullivan, 54, could soon end up unemployed.
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Course if The One is elected whoever he finds for the position will be worse.
With a name like Crapo, he’s got to be good. Or at least tough.
This is too good. A guy who hangs out in the crapper and his friend Crapo.
Yeh - imagine Hussein’s nominee for the position. Sarah Brady? BTT.
I shudder to think of who Obama would appoint to head the nation’s law enforcement agencies, the secret directives they’ll be given, and the bedrock white Americans they will target for entrapment and prosecution.
Be afraid despite McCain’s exhortations to the contrary.
But Sullivan could soon go from having two jobs to being unemployed. With the presidential election a month away and Congress adjourned, the 54-year-old Sullivan is facing the prospect of being out of work not long after January.
Sullivan has been unable to win confirmation as permanent head of the ATF, largely due to opposition within his own party. Republican senators opposed to confirmation believe the agency has been overly aggressive in enforcing gun laws. Sullivan has also been known for his hard stance against guns and drugs as U.S. Attorney.
Sullivan says he spends about 80 percent of his time on the ATF job. He oversees a staff of more than 5,000 with no pay except for a monthly housing stipend for his apartment in Washington. He draws his $149,000 annual salary for serving as U.S. attorney, a job he does mainly by phone, e-mail and weekly visits to Massachusetts.