Smooth Sailing for Sullivan Hearing at Rules Panel

Posted June 10, 2009 at 4:32pm

Senate Committee on Rules and Administration Chairman Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) said Wednesday that a noncontroversial Federal Election Commission nominee should sail through the confirmation process. “We’ll try to move it as quickly as possible,— Schumer said. “I’d be surprised if there’s opposition, but we’ll have to just wait and see.— Schumer spoke with reporters Wednesday after a hearing on the nomination of John Sullivan, a Service Employees International Union lawyer who is up for a seat on the six-member, bipartisan panel. If confirmed, Sullivan would replace Commissioner Ellen Weintraub, a Democrat. Few fireworks were heard in the Russell Senate Office Building on Wednesday for Sullivan’s appearance before the panel, which lasted just more than 20 minutes. Still, Sen. Bob Bennett (Utah), the panel’s top Republican, did use the occasion to voice his frustration with the millions of dollars that Sullivan’s current employer spent on ad buys in last year’s elections. In particular, he singled out the role that SEIU played in knocking off his former colleagues Sens. Gordon Smith (R-Ore.) and John Sununu (R-N.H.). “Congratulations, you succeeded in both of those,— Bennett said.