Dr. James Holsinger, President Bush’s nominee for Surgeon General, may be preparing for a recess appointment according to Frank Lockwood at Bible Belt Blogger. Frank reports that Dr. Holsinger has resigned from the board of trustees of Asbury Seminary in Wilmore, Ky:
Holsinger’s nomination, opposed by several leading Democrats, has stalled in the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. But Holsinger is telling people the president plans to appoint him to the post anyway once the Congress goes into its holiday recess, a well-connected Wilmore source says.
Frank has posted the entire resignation email.
Dr. Holsinger’s appearance last July before the Senate Committee didn’t go well. Committee Chairman Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-MA) grilled Dr. Holsinger on many of the same points I raised in my evaluation of his 1991 paper, “Pathophysiology of Male Homosexuality.”
Since then, his nomination has stalled in the Senate, with the committee’s refusal to bring it to a vote. If these latest reports hold true, it looks like Bush will go around the Senate and appoint Dr. Holsinger to the post after Congress goes on recess. The appointment would be good through the end of 2008.