Wingnut Republican Puts Hold on Tauscher Nomination

Republican US Senator Jon Kyl of Arizona, an opponent of nuclear arms reduction, has put a hold on East Bay Congresswoman Ellen Tauscher’s nomination to the Obama State Department, according to Foreign Policy magazine. Tauscher is a big backer of nuclear arms control, but Kyl apparently is holding up her nomination because he opposes the Obama administration’s attempt to lower the US and Russian nuclear weapons’ stockpiles. Tauscher will remain in Congress until Kyl releases the hold on her nomination, thereby putting off any East Bay special election to replace her. Lieutenant Governor John Garamendi and state Senator Mark DeSaulnier are the leading candidates for her Congressional seat.

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