We recently reported that President Obama nominated California Representative Hilda Solis as our next Secretary of Labor. It now appears her nomination is in serious trouble. The Senate delayed confirmation hearings after finding out that Solis’ husband owed some back taxes on his auto repair business. Whoops.
Conservatives opposed to Solis’ nomination – and her support for the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) – are sensing weakness and are gearing up for a major opposition to her nomination. Labor unions, on the other hand, are calling for her to swiftly be confirmed.
Conservatives might want to be careful what they ask for. If Solis’ nomination is withdrawn, one of the front runners to replace her is Andy Stern, head of the Service Employees International Union. It’s pretty safe to say he supports EFCA.