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James Holsinger Preparing for Recess Appointment?

Jim Burroway

November 13th, 2007

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.



Bush To Sneakily Appoint Holsinger? / Queerty
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[…] doctor and United Methodist mouthpiece has been telling pals that President Bush will unceremoniously appoint him during the forthcoming legislative holiday. Frank Lockwood passes on the disturbing news: […]

Ex-Gay Watch » James Holsinger May Become Surgeon General Soon
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[…] Jim Burroway at the Box Turtle Bulletin has more. […]

Warren Throckmorton » Blog Archive » Holsinger resigns from Asbury; to be appointed during recess
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[…] that he will be appointed to his post during the upcoming Congressional recess. Exgaywatch and Boxturtle Bulletin has coverage. Digg […]

Deep Something » Blog Archive » James Holsinger Preparing for Recess Appointment?
November 14th, 2007 | LINK

[…] Box Turtle Bulletin and other blogs are reporting that James Holsinger has resigned from the Board of Directors at Asbury Seminary, and is telling his pals that Bush will give him a recess appointment as United State Surgeon General. […]
November 16th, 2007 | LINK

No recess appointments…

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