Senate Liberals, Conservatives Oppose Jack Lew
The most liberal and conservative elements of the United States Senate are coming together to oppose the nomination of Jack Lew as President Barack Obama’s next Treasury secretary.
One might think that Jack Lew, a man who was mentored by the late liberal Sen. Paul Wellstone and who interned for Eugene McCarthy, would be the kind of nominee self-described socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) might passionately support. Not so.
On Thursday, Mr. Sanders issued a statement opposing the Jack Lew nomination:
“At a time when the middle class is collapsing and millions of workers are unemployed, I do not believe he is the right person at the right time to serve in this important position…As a supporter of the president, I remain extremely concerned that virtually all of his key economic advisers have come from Wall Street. In my view, we need a treasury secretary who is prepared to stand up to corporate America and their powerful lobbyists and fight for policies that protect the working families in our country. I do not believe Mr. Lew is that person.”