Bell and Tsunis were approved by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in February, though Tsunis got through on a party-line, 12 to 6 vote. Their nominations are pending in the full Senate. Mamet is awaiting his committee vote.
In their letter, sent to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), Republican leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and 11 other senators, the former union presidents said the trio’s performance — and the subsequent firestorm it sparked — had “severely impaired” their “effectiveness as U.S. representatives. . . from the start.”
The former AFSA presidents cited Teddy Roosevelt’s observation that “The spoils or patronage theory is that public office is primarily designed for partisan plunder.”
Don’t make’m like Teddy any more. . .