Cass Sunstein ConfirmedPosted by Matthew Liebman, ALDF Staff Attorney on September 11, 2009
Good news from Washington: the Senate has confirmed Cass Sunstein, President Obama’s nominee to head the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. Sunstein is a highly respected professor at Harvard Law School and an advocate of increased protections for animals.
Sunstein faced stiff opposition from hunting groups, the Center for Consumer Freedom (an industry front group), and news commentators such as Glenn Beck, who sought to tarnish Sunstein’s record by highlighting his writings on animal protection issues. Sadly, these scare tactics often work: a smear campaign against Van Jones, Obama’s green jobs advisor, succeeding in pushing Jones out of the administration, and many feared the same tactics would succeed against Sunstein. Two Republican senators, Saxby Chambliss of Georgia and John Cornyn of Texas, put “holds” on Sunstein’s nomination, based on comments he had made about hunting. But on Wednesday, the Senate invoked cloture on the debate about Sunstein’s nomination by a vote of 63-35, and on Thursday, the Senate confirmed him 57-40.