Just injected the issue into the election year politics, precisely what they wanted to avoid.
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On Tuesday, exactly three weeks before the midterm elections, the White House confirmed that President Obama would not be nominating a new attorney general until after the elections. Media reports indicate that the decision to delay was requested by Senate Democrats and was done to avoid the nomination being “caught up in election year politics.”
Sen. Chuck Grassley (Iowa), the ranking Republican (and if the Republicans take back the majority, the next chairman) of the Senate Judiciary Committee, in equating the move to the president’s delay of the threatened executive action on immigration, said that “[f]irst it was immigration, and now Senate Democrats have asked the president to delay this announcement for attorney general so they can avoid making clear to the voters of their states where they stand on what could be a controversial choice for attorney general.”