- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Al Sharpton’s National Action Network and other female civil rights leaders are launching a hunger strike to pressure Senate Republicans to confirm Loretta Lynch as attorney general.

Activists participating in the “Confirm Loretta Lynch Fast” plan to alternate days abstaining from food until Ms. Lynch is confirmed to replace Attorney General Eric Holder, Politico reported.

“As long as the Senate refuses to take fifteen minutes to confirm someone for Attorney General that they have already confirmed twice for U.S. Attorney, [National Action Network] and our allies will do everything in our power to draw attention to this completely unfair and unnecessary delay to vote to confirm Loretta Lynch,” Mr. Sharpton said in a statement on the group’s website.

The group’s executive director, Janaye Ingram, added: “We stand with Loretta Lynch and are so in support of this cause that we are willing to sacrifice our daily meals to impress upon the U.S. Senate that it’s time to call a vote.”

It’s been more than five months since President Obama chose Ms. Lynch, the current U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, to succeed as head of the Justice Department. She would be the first black woman to serve in the position, prompting some critics to cite bigotry as the reason for the delay, which is the longest wait an attorney general nominee has incurred since 1985.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell reiterated earlier this week that the chamber would not move on the confirmation until it resolves the partisan dispute over an unrelated human-trafficking bill, Politico reported.

• Jessica Chasmar can be reached at jchasmar@washingtontimes.com.

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