His Imperial Codpiece pulled the nomination of major Swiftboat donor Sam Fox as Ambassador to Belgium last week because “his nomination would not have passed” the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Now he's using the incredibly short recess to make…you guessed it..a recess appointment.
The sole Democratic US Senate holder from the state of Connecticut, Chris Dodd, cries foul:
"It is outrageous that the President has sought to stealthily appoint Sam Fox to the position of ambassador to Belgium when the President formally requested that the Fox nomination be withdrawn from the Senate because it was facing certain defeat in the Foreign Relations Committee last week. I seriously question the legality of the President's use of the recess appointment authority in this instance. I intend to seek an opinion on the legality of this appointment from the General Accountability Office and invite other Senators to join with me in that request. This is underhanded and an abuse of Executive authority — sadly this behavior has become the hallmark of this administration."
Dodd is also the first Presidential '08 hopeful to co-sponsor the Reid-Feingold bill. As Jeralyn says, "this is the way to step up."