After five-months of languishing during the sex-trafficking bill negotiations, Loretta Lynch was confirmed Thursday as President Obama’s new Attorney General.
The expected ‘last minute fight’ was not as dramatic as previously believed. With the sex-trafficing compromise cleared, a vote of 56-43 approved lynch (Sen. Ted Cruz abstained). 10 Republicans joined all Democrats, reports Real Clear Politics.
Despite the vehement protest, by a number of Republican Senators, Lynch’s nomination went smoothly as many welcomed the departure of Eric Holder. Holder was the only Attorney General to be held in contempt of Congress.
However, the vote may present electoral problems for Republicans who voted ‘yes’ with the Democrats. Among the concerns over Lynch was her insistence in continuing a similar sort of leadership exhibited by Eric Holder in the Department of Justice.
Hyper-racial bent of the administration in its execution of justice might be the order of the day in Lynch’s DOJ. This has enraged conservatives who charge Republican leaders with a failure to hold to campaign rhetoric.
Among the GOP Senators who could see primary challenges as a result in next year’s Senate elections are Kelly Ayotte (NH), Mark Kirk (IL), Ron Johnson (WI) and Rob Portman (OH).