Republicans say they’re opposed to Gina McCarthy’s bid to lead the Environmental Protection Agency because she’s withholding key information.
Sen. Barbara Boxer sees a more sinister motivation.
Mrs. Boxer, California Democrat and chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, which must approve Mrs. McCarthy’s nomination, told reporters on Tuesday that sexism plays a role.
“So far, they haven’t suggested that they’re going to be there, which is quite irritating,” she told reporters on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, according to the Huffington Post. “She’s probably the most qualified person ever nominated for the EPA. She’s worked for four Republican governors. She’s answered more than a thousand of their questions. And they’ve all voted for her before for other positions. It just makes no sense to me. This woman deserves a promotion.”
“They say they’re for women’s advancement. Here’s a clear case where they ought to prove it,” she added.
Mrs. McCarthy’s nomination will come before the environment committee for a second time on Thursday. Last week, the GOP boycotted the panel, successfully blocking a vote. Sen. David Vitter, Louisiana Republican and his party’s ranking member on the committee, have accused Mrs. McCarthy and others within the EPA of refusing to divulge necessary information about the agency’s use of secondary email accounts, among other lack-of-transparency claims.
It’s unclear whether Republicans will take part in Thursday’s vote.