Project 21 Statement on the Resignation of U.N. Ambassador John Bolton
For Release: December 5, 2006
Contact: David Almasi at 202/543-4110 x11
or [email protected]
Facing the prospects of a continued filibuster of his nomination in the U.S. Senate, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton yesterday announced his resignation and his intention to leave the position within the next few weeks.
Bolton served in the position of our nation's chief negotiator at the United Nations as a recess appointee due to the fact that liberal senators kept his nomination bottled up in the Senate - denying the full Senate the opportunity to confirm or reject Bolton's nomination. With the change in leadership after November's elections, it is virtually assured that Bolton's nomination will never be considered.
President George W. Bush said he was "deeply disappointed that a handful of United States senators prevented Ambassador Bolton from receiving the up or down vote he deserved in the Senate... [Liberal senators] chose to obstruct his confirmation, even though he enjoys majority support in the Senate, and even though their tactics will disrupt our diplomatic work at a sensitive and important time. This stubborn obstructionism ill serves our country, and discourages men and women of talent from serving their nation."
Darryn "Dutch" Martin, a member of the National Advisory Council of the black leadership network Project 21, said: "As far as I'm concerned, the obstructionist tactics that killed Ambassador Bolton's nomination are but one of many bad omens to come from the change of leadership on Capitol Hill. I blame both the liberals for their unwillingness to let President Bush exercise his constitutional mandate, as well as conservatives who did not show the backbone necessary to govern when they still controlled the Senate."
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