From the Des Moines Register:
Washington, D.C. – A Democratic congressman said today he will continue to push for Republican Rep. Jim Leach of Iowa to be named as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.
Leach, of Iowa City, was defeated in his re-election bid on Nov. 7. The current ambassador, John Bolton, resigned on Monday in the face of intense opposition from Senate Democrats and President Bush now must pick a new nominee.
Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., said that 50 members of the House have signed a letter written by him and Rep. Jim Walsh, R-N.Y., advocating Leach to replace Bolton.
Well, at least leach actually knows how to practice diplomacy! He was one of the only GOPers to vote against the Iraq AUMF resolution in 2002.
Leach is a senior member of the International Relations Committee and the chairman of the subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific. He served in the 1990s as chairman of the House Banking Committee. Prior to his election to Congress, Leach was a foreign service officer who served at the United Nations under former President Bush when Bush was U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.
Well, at least he wouldn't suggest that we lop off ten stories of the UN, or try to bully other countries into doing "what we want them to do". This really would be a great choice for Bush...
But of course, how often has Bush made good choices?