Monday, November 13, 2006

Bush nominee as White House regulatory czarina: "I actually am proud of" controversial writings

Susan Dudley, nominated by President Bush to head the OMB regulatory review office, underwent a fairly gentle grilling today by a U.S. Senate committee.

Dudley, whose controversial anti-regulatory writings on behalf of a polluter-funded think tank have sparked controversy, was asked by Senator Tom Carper (D-DE) if she had made any mistakes.

"I actually am proud of the things that I have written," said Dudley, who couldn't think of a thing to retract. (Later, while Carper was temporarily out of the room, Dudley conceded she had been wrong in being critical of EPA attempts to reduce interstate air pollution.)

Carper noted later that "in politics, our friends come and go. Our enemies accumulate."

Aside from committee Chairman Senator Susan Collins (R-ME), the only Republican senator present was John Warner of Virginia, who briefly introduced Dudley and concluded "I wish you luck, and you are on your own." Collins said she likely will vote for Dudley, though said committee action would be deferred until December.

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