Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison
Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison

According to the Dallas Morning News, Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison recommended Robert Pitman to be U.S. attorney for the Western District of Texas. Sen. John Cornyn has also endorsed Pitman.

Pitman is gay.

The story in the Morning News suggests that the appointment has irked social conservatives in her party.

However, a story in the San Antonio Express-News mentions the appointment without talking about his sexual orientation.

Home state senators can theoretically block a nomination for U.S. attorney, so their backing is key for Pitman to be appointed to the position. However, the state’s Democratic congressional delegation is backing another candidate, Michael McCrum, who’s also been recommended by Hutchison and Cornyn, so it would appear as though McCrum has the inside track.

— David Taffet

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