- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 1, 2013

President Obama’s nomination to lead the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission announced he was stepping aside on Tuesday, on the heels of concerted pressure from the coal industry and a widespread reluctance in the Senate to take on the confirmation battle.

Ron Binz’s announcement is somewhat of a shocker for the president, who has handily won previous controversial appointments in the Senate, including those at the Pentagon, the Labor Department and the EPA.

His statement, reported by Politico: “Last evening, I asked the president that my name be withdrawn from further consideration as his nominee to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. I am withdrawing so that the president can move forward with another nominee, allowing the FERC to continue its important work with a full complement of commissioners.”

Mr. Binz is a former Colorado utility regulator and not well-known in the Washington, D.C., political circuit.

His statement came as realization dawned: Two weeks ago, it started to become clear that he wouldn’t win the necessary number of votes in the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.



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