Here’s the TPM piece about Shelby’s “blanket” hold on over 70 nominations.

From Carol Weissberg:


I just read an article on Huffington Post about how Richard Shelby (R. Alabama) has put an unprecedented “blanket” hold on at least 70 of Obama’s nominations.  At first no one wanted to explain why, but it has been confirmed tha Shelby is feeling a bit upset because a pair of lucrative programs that would send millions to Alabama are not moving quickly enough for him.  Both programs are defense contracts and not surprisingly, Shelby has close ties with defense contractors.  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s office initially doubted the whole thing until they couldn’t deny it anymore and are now saying nothing about it.

On the spur of the moment I decided to contact Mr. McConnell.  His e-mail page is “malfunctioning” so I called.  A woman answered the phone; I’ve no idea what her position is.  I told her I wanted to comment on something and she immediately asked me what state I was from.  (California, btw.)  I don’t think I even got to mentioning Shelby before she said that if it was a matter of legislation I should (whatever — I didn’t let her finish the sentence).  I reminded her that Mr. McConnell was the Senate Minority Leader and I was a citizen of the United States and therefore had a right to my express my opinion to him.  So she hung up.

This is all by way of saying that apparently Mr. McConnell’s office doesn’t believe he has any obligation to
the citizens of the country, even though he is Senate Minority Leader of the FEDERAL Congress.  Am I out
of line? If not, you might give some thought to distributing his phone number and telling everyone to bombard this witch with questions about Shelby’s actions.  Or not.  It’s up to you.  McConnell’s number is (202) 224-2541.
Carol Weissberg

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