As Another GOP Senator Supports Loretta Lynch’s AG Nomination, Kelly Ayotte Continues to Play Politics with Trafficking Victims, Nation's Top Law Enforcement Officer
Concord Monitor, Boston Globe Editorials Also Slam Efforts to Hold AG's Nomination Hostage
Concord, N.H. – As another GOP Senator, Mark Kirk, pledged his support for Loretta Lynch’s nomination as Attorney General, Kelly Ayotte still refuses to say whether she will support Lynch, as Ayotte continues to play politics with trafficking victims and the nation’s top law enforcement officer.
Mitch McConnell has made clear that he will block a vote on Lynch’s nomination until the Senate passes an anti-trafficking bill, which is currently being held up because Republicans, including Ayotte, refuse to remove measures restricting women’s access to health care.
“In the last two months alone, Kelly Ayotte has held homeland security funding hostage, signed a reckless letter to the leaders of Iran undermining U.S. foreign policy, and played politics with human trafficking victims and our nation’s top law enforcement officer,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley. “As Kelly Ayotte repeatedly puts partisan politics before our national security and public safety, it’s clear that Ayotte’s national political ambitions are coming at a steep price for the people of New Hampshire.”
Mark Kirk, who said Lynch would be a “valuable partner” for keeping communities safe as Attorney General, became the fifth Republican Senator, including Maine’s Susan Collins, to call for the GOP Senate to put politics aside and confirm Lynch.
GOP Senator Lindsey Graham also said, "This, to me, is a sign of the dysfunction of this place… She's qualified.”
The Concord Monitor editorial board wrote, “The delay of Loretta Lynch’s confirmation as U.S. attorney general is yet another disappointment from the GOP-controlled Senate. … Lynch was nominated in November. She was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee on a bipartisan vote last month, with senators of both parties praising her experience. The delay between her nomination and confirmation is now as long as any attorney general since Edwin Meese was nominated by President Ronald Reagan exactly 30 years ago. That’s an unconscionable delay, especially when it comes to our nation’s top law enforcement officer.”
A Boston Globe editorial added, “the stalled anti-human-trafficking bill provides yet another sorry example of congressional dysfunction. But the fact that it’s also holding up the confirmation of the next attorney general of the United States is unacceptable.” … the refusal to vote on the Lynch nomination is inexcusable. With a two-week recess scheduled to begin on Saturday, the Senate should vote for Lynch’s confirmation immediately, rather than holding her hostage to the trafficking bill.”
Buckley concluded, “Ayotte needs to put her Vice Presidential ambitions aside, listen to the calls from members of her own party, and stop playing political games with our national security and public safety."