Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Confirmation Rests On Double Standard.(Editorial Page)


A 58-42 vote of the U.S. Senate handed one of their own the keys to the Attorney General's Office on Thursday. Senators probably would have buried John Ashcroft's cabinet aspirations if he hadn't been a former colleague. Ashcroft himself played that game when he was in the Senate.

For two years, Ashcroft and fellow Republican Sen. Jesse Helms of North Carolina stalled confirmation of James Hormel as ambassador to Luxembourg. Ashcroft recently testified that his opposition was "based on the totality of the record." News accounts from 1998 more specifically cite Ashcroft's objections to Hormel's openly gay lifestyle.

In 1999, Ashcroft spearheaded the first Senate floor rejection of a U. …

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