Some Democrats up for re-election in red states backed away from the President’s pick for Civil Rights, but U.S. Senator Begich supported Debo Adegbile for the Department of Justice.
Adegbile worked for a law firm connected with Mumia Abu-Jamal in the 1981 case where he allegedly killed Pennsylvania police officer Daniel Faulkner.
Pennsylvania Republican Pat Twomey said Adegbile’s connections were politcally motivated and showed contempt for America’s criminal justice system.
The National Fraternal Order of Police wrote to the President, saying they feel “extreme disappointment, displeasure, and vehement opposition” to Adegbile’s nomination.
President Obama said the opposition was based on “wildly unfair character attacks.” The vote failed 47-52.