Kerry Defeats Swifties Ambassador Bid
The real question is why he was even nominated at all, after Bush said during the 2004 campaign that he didn't agree with challenging Kerry's patriotism. Yet Bush lied once again and nominated Swifties bankroller Sam Fox anyway, and today he has pulled the nomination.
President Bush on Wednesday withdrew the ambassadorial nomination of businessman Sam Fox after Democrats denounced Fox for giving money to a controversial conservative group that undermined Sen. John Kerry's 2004 presidential campaign.
Kerry, D-Mass., had criticized Fox because of a $50,000 contribution that Fox made in 2004 to the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth.
The White House announced the withdrawal in a press release distributed less than an hour before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee gathered to vote on his nomination to be ambassador to Belgium. On Tuesday, Kerry's Vietnam crew mates had sent a letter urging committee members to oppose Fox's nomination. A copy of the letter was obtained by The Associated Press.
"In our judgment, those who finance smears and lies of combat veterans don't deserve to represent America on the world stage," said the letter signed by James Rassman and 10 other Vietnam Swift Boat veterans who served with Kerry.
Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Conn., said Tuesday he opposes the nomination because Fox "refused to apologize for his behavior" during his confirmation hearing last month.
"U.S. Ambassadors need to be both responsible and credible, and Mr. Fox's support for an organization known to have spread falsehoods illustrates neither," said Dodd, who is seeking the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination.
Fox told the committee at his confirmation hearing that he just gives money, without paying much attention to whether or not the group in question is peddling smears and lies. Thankfully, that explanation wasn’t good enough for Barack Obama, Chris Dodd, and Joe Biden, but sadly it was good enough for Joe Lieberman and Claire McCaskill.