By Rick Manning
Americans for Limited Government led the charge against the
confirmation of Barack Obama’s appointee to the ambassadorship of El
Salvador, Mari Del Carmen Aponte until August of 2010, when Obama gave
her a recess appointment to serve until Congress went out of session in 2011.
Now, Aponte’s name is back in the news as Senate Democrats moved her nomination through the Foreign Relations Committee on a party line vote.
The White House is pushing for her nomination to be brought up for a
full vote of the Senate as her temporary appointment is scheduled to
end in January, 2012.
Aponte’s nomination has been in trouble since the outset due to
“unanswered questions” related to her 1990s romantic relationship with
Cuban spy, Roberto Tamayo, and because those questions go to the heart
of whether the nominee can be trusted with U.S. national security
sensitive information, Americans for Limited Government President Bill
Wilson believes Aponte’s nomination should be rejected.
“Because Aponte refused to submit to a polygraph test, the American
people still have not received a full, public accounting of the extent
of Aponte’s relationship with Tamayo. Instead, all they have received
are vague assurances from Senators who claim to have seen the FBI
records regarding Aponte and Tamayo,” Wilson said.
“Is Aponte a loyalty risk or not? It is up to the U.S. Senate’s
confirmation process to answer this fundamental question and if there
is any doubt, reject her nomination,” Wilson explained.
Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), had defended Aponte after he said he
had seen some of the FBI's materials on Aponte and Tamayo. Wilson said
that was “not good enough.”
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