Cass Sunstein, President Obama’s nominee for “regulatory czar,” looked like he would sail through a confirmation process, but Fox News is reporting Republican Texas Senator John Cornyn has put a “hold” on Mr. Sunstein’s confirmation. According to Fox New.com:
“Sen. Cornyn finds numerous aspects of Mr. Sunstein’s record troubling, specifically the fact that he wants to establish legal ‘rights’ for livestock, wildlife and pets, which would enable animals to file lawsuits in American courts,” the Republican’s spokesman, Kevin McLaughlin, said in a statement to FOXNews.com.
Cornyn’s hold on Sunstein comes just as Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., last week lifted his own hold on the nominee, whom Obama tapped in April to become the administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs at the Office of Budget and Management.
The choice of Mr.Sunstein as a regulatory czar has startled first amendment activists, as he has condoned government intervention as a means to regulate private sector internet content including blogs.