Menendez Gets to Meet Blocked Nominee
So, Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) gets to meet with the nominee that he is currently blocking in the Senate, but Senators weren’t allowed to meet with President Obama’s nominees for the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) before they were appointed? Seems fair.
Sen. Menendez will meet with Patty Shwartz, who has been nominated to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit after he recently came out against her nomination. Sen. Menendez took heat because it seemed as though he objected to Shwartz’s nomination for personal reasons. Shwartz is in a relationship with Jim Nobile, who led the federal corruption investigation against Sen. Menendez, which was ended last October. The Senator claims that is not the reason, which is why he’s meeting with her again.
This comes in stark contrast to two members who were “recess” appointeded to the NLRB. Senators weren’t able to even talk to these two until after President Obama appointed them. Only then was the NLRB kind enough to host a “meet and greet” so lawmakers could get to know the two individuals. See, they never went through the required vetting process.
By now, it should be obvious that President Obama is not standing on principle; he is simply engaged in partisan politics.