Obama’s decision to block the vote marks the first time a Democrat has pledged to return McConnell’s fire in the standoff. Last week, McConnell pledged to hold up all four nominations unless they are confirmed as a group, a plan that has few anecdotes.
In a recent statement, Obama called von Spakovsky “an unacceptable nominee.” I strongly oppose the nomination of Mr. Hans von Spakovsky to serve a full term at the Federal Election Commission,” Obama said in a recent statement. “The FEC needs strong, impartial leadership that will promote integrity in our election system. Hans von Spakovsky is not the right person for this job, and I call on President Bush to send Congress a new nominee.”
Former Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., candidate for U.S. Senate in New Hampshire, holds his hand over his heart during the singing of the national anthem as he waits to take the stage for his town hall campaign rally with Sen. John McCain at the Pinkerton Academy in Derry, N.H., on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014.