G. McConway
March 10, 2023

Two GOP Senators Vote to Advance Garcetti Nomination

It looks like Joe Biden is finally going to get his man in India.

Two Republicans crossed the line and approved former Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti to be ambassador to India, reports the Hindustan Times.

The nomination will now move out of committee and to the floor for a formal vote.


Fox News reports that Garcetti’s nomination has been held up for 600 days due to a sexual harassment scandal that took place in his office.

It was not Garcetti, but he looked past the incident and was being called out for failing to recognize the problem by Republican senators.

However, Sens. Bill Hagerty (R-TN) and Todd Young (R-IN) decided the delay has been long enough and Biden can have his man.

In defending his decision, Young stated, "It’s a national security imperative to immediately have an ambassador in place in India. We can't afford to wait any longer.”

So, you put a man in a position that literally ignored sexual harassment in his office. Why not force Boden to revoke the nomination and put someone worthy of the position in place?

Hagerty’s office stated that "for more than two years, the Biden administration and Senate Democrats have failed to get a Senate-confirmed Ambassador to India — the world’s largest democracy, a rising economic power, and one of our most important strategic partners in the Indo-Pacific.

"As a former U.S. Ambassador to Japan, Senator Hagerty knows firsthand that this is a critical U.S. diplomatic position and believes the Senate should vote on it.”

Again, so you forward a candidate of this nature forward in a Democrat-controlled Senate that will more than likely approve the man.

Naomi Seligman, Garcetti’s former communications director and a whistleblower who testified to sexual abuse at Los Angeles City Hall, was livid that the nomination is moving forward.

She stated, "Today’s vote, on International Women’s Day no less, shows a real disconnect between the rhetoric we hear from elected leaders who claim to support victims of workplace sexual harassment and the pass they give to party loyalists in the next breath. It’s disheartening, to say the least.

"It was already clear from the time of his nomination that Garcetti was unfit to represent our country, and each passing month reveals new embarrassments to the president and the Senate.”

Biden has continued to look the other way regarding the accusations levied against the former mayor, refusing to withdraw the nomination, stating that Garcetti is "well qualified to serve in this vital role."

It is disheartening to see our Republican Senators fold like a cheap suit. Now our faith lies in hoping there are at least two Democrats who see Garcetti for what he really is and do not rubber-stamp this nomination.

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