Herman Cain Senate opposition, Cain to hitch the board.
Republican Sen. Kevin Cramer, N.D., on Thursday turned the fourth member of his social gathering’s caucus to inform reporters he would vote in opposition to a nomination for former pizza govt Herman Cain to hitch the board of the Federal Reserve.
“If I needed to [vote] right this moment, I might vote no” on Cain, Cramer informed reporters Thursday on Capitol Hill.
Cain has but to be formally nominated by President Donald Trump, however final week Trump introduced that Cain was his choose to fill considered one of two open seats on the central financial institution’s board. Trump intends to appoint conservative economist and writer Stephen Moore for the opposite vacant spot.
Cramer’s announcement all however doomed Cain’s probabilities of being confirmed by the Senate if Trump have been to formally nominate him. Earlier this week, GOP Sens. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Cory Gardner of Colorado, and newly minted Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah all informed reporters they might not help a nomination of Cain.
With solely 53 Republicans within the Senate, opposition from 4 of them would imply that Cain might solely rely on 49 votes to verify him, presuming, in fact, that no Democrats crossed the aisle to help him. With no 51-vote majority, Cain couldn’t be confirmed.
Opposition from Cramer might additionally depart a Cain nomination deadlocked within the Senate Banking Committee, earlier than it even reached the ground of the Senate for a vote.
The information of Cramer’s opposition got here as White Home help for Cain additionally appeared to weaken on Thursday.
“Sure, we’re, in the mean time,” Nationwide Financial Council Director Larry Kudlow replied when requested throughout an occasion in Washington about whether or not the White Home nonetheless stood behind Cain, a former pizza govt and 2012 Republican presidential candidate. Kudlow is a former CNBC contributor.
“He’s within the vetting course of, we’ll see how that seems,” Kudlow added. “I don’t wish to prejudge it by hook or by crook.”
A former 2012 GOP presidential candidate, Cain suspended his main marketing campaign in December 2011 after it emerged that three ladies had accused him of office sexual harassment, a fourth lady accused him of sexual assault, and a fifth lady got here ahead to allege that she and Cain had carried out a 13-year-long extramarital affair.
Cain has denied all of the allegations. Nonetheless, the prospect of revisiting the allegations throughout a heated Senate affirmation listening to, and having to publicly defend Cain, probably holds little enchantment for the White Home or for Republican senators in swing states.