Wednesday, November 17, 2004

Senate Republicans to defy Bush mandate, install pro-abortionist as Judiciary chair

"WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch predicted on Tuesday that Sen. Arlen Specter would succeed him as Judiciary Committee chairman next year despite some conservative opposition to the Pennsylvania lawmaker's support for abortion rights.

'I'm for Arlen,' Hatch of Utah said as he and Specter emerged from a closed-door meeting with fellow committee Republicans. 'I believe he will be a great chairman.'
Hatch said no committee Republican voiced opposition to Specter during the meeting, called to let Specter make his case for the chairmanship following a recent wave of criticism from anti-abortion groups and activists.

Hatch said the formal selection of chairman would not be made until after the 109th Congress convenes in January.

Senate Majority Whip Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, also met with Specter on Tuesday and said no decision has been made.

'Tomorrow the dialogue will continue,' said Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, a Tennessee Republican. He said, 'Arlen has done a tremendous job in reaching out' to Republican colleagues.'"

Not everyone is, um, on board with this decision:

"'It is a betrayal and a slap in the face to millions of pro-life Americans who helped re-elect this president,' Patrick Mahoney, director of the Christian Defense Coalition, said Tuesday. 'Don't turn to us in four years when you want to run for president ... and expect us to contribute millions of dollars.'"

Sorry Rev. Mahoney, they're done with you guys for the time being. Besides, pal, who are you going to support in '08--Hillary Clinton?


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