Louisiana’s Senators Vote Against Confirmation Of New Attorney General Loretta Lynch
Loretta Lynch has been confirmed as the successor to Eric Holder. But not because she garnered any votes from Louisiana senators David Vitter and Bill Cassidy.
According to rollcall.com, Vitter and Cassidy were two of 43 votes against Lynch, the most votes ever against a successful attorney general nominee. For Cassidy, his reasoning was simple.
"Key decisions the president has made are wrong, like executive amnesty. Although Loretta Lynch is well qualified, it's hard for me to support someone who supports that decision."
Vitter expressed his "huge concern" with then-nominee Lynch at her confirmation hearing in January, which you can watch here.
But not all Republicans felt the same way about Lynch, who was nominated by President Obama. Ten Republicans - Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, Mark S. Kirk of Illinois and Rob Portman of Ohio, Thad Cochran of Mississippi, Susan Collins of Maine, Jeff Flake of Arizona, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Orrin Hatch of Utah and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky. They were 10 of 56 votes to confirm the nomination of the nation's first African-American woman to head the Justice Department.
Lynch was nominated by President Obama last November. But a filibuster, which had to be ended by a Senate vote to get to the nomination vote, had drawn out the process for weeks.