Kerry Will Not Vote On Brother's Nomination
Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.) will attend next week's confirmation hearing for his brother Cameron, nominated by President Obama to serve as general counsel at the Commerce Department, but he will recuse himself when it comes time for the committee to vote, according to a spokeswoman. (No word yet on whether Kerry will vote on the nomination if it comes to the floor.)
The senator's younger brother is one of eight nominations that the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee will consider next Tuesday. Cameron Kerry is a Boston-area lawyer who served as a political consultant to his brother's failed presidential campaign and to the Obama campaign. He is also an active Jewish Democratic activist.
It's expected the committee will consider the nominations in two separate panels during next week's hearing, according to a committee staffer. The other nominations it will take up:
• Sherburne B. Abbott of Texas, to be associate director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy in the Executive Office of the President.
• Peter Appel to be the administrator of the Research and Innovative Technology Administration at the Transportation Department.
• April S. Boyd to be assistant secretary for legislative and intergovernmental affairs at the Commerce Department.
• Dana G. Gresham to be the assistant secretary of the Office of Government Affairs, at the Transportation Department.
• Roy W. Kienitz to be the undersecretary of transportation for policy at the Transportation Department.
• Robert Rikvin to be the general counsel at the Transportation Department.
• Joseph C. Szabo to be administrator of the Federal Railroad Administration.
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