McHugh on Hold
1:15 PM, Aug 10, 2009 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
I reported last week that a vote on Rep. John McHugh's (R-N.Y.) nomination to serve as Secretary of the Army wax expected to happen by the end of the week. It didn't. Roll Call reports that "McHugh is the subject of a hold by Kansas GOP Sens. Sam Brownback and Pat Roberts, who want assurances from Obama that detainees at the GuantÃ¡namo Bay, Cuba, prison will not be transferred to Fort Leavenworth in Kansas."
Unless Obama makes a recess appointment, McHugh won't be able to assume his new post until the Senate returns September 8. So McHugh may stick around just long enough to cast his final (and a lone Republican) vote in favor of Obamacare and expose his opportunism for all the world to see.
Or it's possible that McHugh's seat may be vacant when the House votes on the health-care bill--which is just as good as a 'no' vote for Republicans. Gov. David Patterson may call for a special election as soon as 30 days after the seat becomes vacant, or he may hold the special election during the general in November. PolitickerNY's Jimmy Vielkind has the latest on the race to succeed McHugh here.