Others mentioned in the mix are the controversial nominee for surgeon general, Vivek Hallegere Murthy and even a perennial Loop favorite, Long Island hotel executive George Tsunis. Grilled at his Senate hearing by Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), Tsunis botched a response on anti-immigrant sentiment in Norway and also referred to Norway’s “president,” when the nation doesn’t have a president.
With four Democrats already announced against him, Tsunis truly would have to thread the needle.
Meanwhile, the Senate continued grinding out confirmations Monday evening. The Senate, via party-line votes, confirmed Jeffrey Baran to be a member of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and Lauren McFerran to be a member of the National Labor Relations Board. The Senate also confirmed, by voice vote, Ellen Williams to be director of the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy at the Department of Energy.