April 28, 2003: White House kicks back nomination of former Peace Corps Director Mark Gearan

Peace Corps Online: Peace Corps News: Directors of the Peace Corps: Mark Gearan: November 23, 2004: Headlines: Peace Corps Directors - Gearan: Rochester Business Journal,: Mark Gearan confirmed by U.S. Senate to serve on the board of the Corporation for National and Community Service : April 28, 2003: White House kicks back nomination of former Peace Corps Director Mark Gearan

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April 28, 2003 - White House kicks back nomination of former Peace Corps Director Mark Gearan





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By Al Kamen
Monday, April 28, 2003; Page A21

Federal boards and commissions often are required to have a minority allotment of seats for the party not in control of the White House. This divvies the spoils and ensures diverse opinions.

But the arrangement also is a built-in source of friction between the White House and the "other" party because, constitutionally, all the appointees are presidential selections, and presidents have long sought to appoint their favorites in the other party to better ensure control of these entities. An allotment requirement periodically creates a huge tiff, much jostling and then, generally, the White House backs off.

Thus, when Bill Clinton was president, then-Senate Majority Leader Robert J. Dole (R-Kan.) was the point person to whom the White House sent a list of Republicans to be nominated for various jobs. President Bush and Senate Democratic Leader Thomas A. Daschle (S.D.) have also met to work out an arrangement to ensure a smooth process -- Daschle's picks would be approved as long as they hadn't actively criticized Bush or called him really bad names.

Even so, sometimes things break down at the staff level, leading to a round of skirmishing. That seems to be happening now. The White House recently kicked back a Daschle list of about 10 nominees, including the re-appointment of former Peace Corps director Mark Gearan, president of Hobart and William Smith Colleges in New York, to the board of the Corporation for National and Community Service.

Others for whom the White House had objections included folks for the U.S. Institute of Peace, the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation and other fairly small potato posts. It's unclear whether this is a White House effort to put what some call "Quisling Democrats" in these jobs.

Preliminary talks are underway.




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