Bush Nominees Controversial?
3 out of 4 aren’t questionable.
However, nominating somebody who wanted a voter ID law should raise some eyebrows:
President Bush nominated two controversial lawyers to the Federal Election Commission yesterday: Hans von Spakovsky who helped Georgia win approval of a disputed voter-identification law, and Robert D. Lenhard, who was part of a legal team that challenged the constitutionality of the McCain-Feingold campaign finance law.
In addition, Bush proposed a second term for commissioner David M. Mason and nominated Steven T. Walther, a Nevada lawyer with close ties to Democratic Senate Minority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.).
Von Spakovsky and Mason are Republican appointees, while Lenhard and Walther are Democratic picks for the bipartisan six-member commission.
In a letter to Senate Rules Committee Chairman Trent Lott (R-Miss.), Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.) wrote that he is “extremely troubled” by the von Spakovsky nomination. Kennedy contends that von Spakovsky “may be at the heart of the political interference that is undermining the [Justice] Department’s enforcement of federal civil laws.”
Those voter ID laws call for photo identification, and they notoriously hurt black voters who may not have a driver’s license or even a non-driver’s license. Again, this appointment troubles me.
However, questioning the McCain-Feingold campaign finance law is certainly not anything to get too concerned with. To think that political contributions are akin to free speech is a valid opinion and one I’m sure we’re going to have to have a debate about extremely soon.