Hunting and Gun Rights Opponent Formally Confirmed
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The sportsmens community came within five votes of stopping the nomination of Cass Sunstein to serve as the head of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), otherwise known as the Regulatory Czar, according to the U.S. Sportsmens Alliance.
Sunstein is an avowed anti hunter and does not believe the second amendment applies to individual gun ownership, said said Bud Pidgeon, U.S. Sportsmens Alliance president and CEO.
While a confirmation vote took place yesterday, it was a formality after the Senate voted to over-ride a hold placed on the nomination by Georgia Senator Johnny Isakson. It would have taken 40 votes to prevent the confirmation. Opponents of Sunstein were only able to earn 35.
For the confirmation vote yesterday, which was in essence a formality, there would have had to be 50 "no" votes. Thus, the real vote regarding Sunstein took place Wednesday night.
Republican Senator John Cornyn played an especially important role in the effort to block Sunstein as he placed a hold on the nomination earlier in the summer.
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