From The Associated Press:

FEC nominee withdraws name
By The Associated Press
Friday, May 16, 2008

(05-16) 13:55 PDT WASHINGTON, (AP) —

President Bush’s contentious nominee for the Federal Election Commission has yanked his name from consideration, potentially ending a broader confirmation deadlock in the Senate.

Hans von Spakovsky, a former Justice Department official who never had Democratic support to win confirmation, withdrew his nomination on Friday.

Bush “reluctantly accepted” von Spakovsky’s request, the White House said.

Democrats have objected to von Spakovsky’s tenure at Justice, where he oversaw voting rights matters. The standoff has held up other confirmations to the six-member FEC, which is without a quorum and has been unable to conduct business.

In a letter to Bush, von Spakovsky said the long-stalled process has been extremely hard on his family.

Hans has been a pet project over here at JJP. We noticed awhile ago what a danger it would be to have a PROFESSIONAL VOTER SUPPRESSOR AT THE FEC.

So, to everyone to worked together to STOP his appointment to the FEC, thank you.

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