- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 7, 2006

Web exclusive: updated 2:41 p.m.

RICHMOND — Sending a strong signal that the honeymoon is over, Republicans in the Virginia House of Delegates today rejected new Gov. Timothy M. Kaine’s nominee for secretary of the commonwealth, voting down a gubernatorial Cabinet appointee for the first time in the state’s history.

The House Privileges and Elections Committee voted along party lines 13 to 8 to strip Daniel G. LeBlanc from a measure confirming Mr. Kaine’s 34 agency head appointments and his chief of staff.

The Democratic governor, visibly angry, said the vote was reminiscent of “McCarthy-style politics” and suggests a lack of respect for the governor.

“They’re going to regret it,” Mr. Kaine told reporters. “I think they’ll realize that there was a huge error in doing this, but they have indicated that that’s the way that they want to play it.”

The full House was expected to vote on the remaining appointments later today.

The Senate had unanimously approved the appointment of Mr. LeBlanc and the other nominees earlier this session.

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