The Federal Election Commission (FEC) has remained in the spotlight for sometime now. This came as the Republican Vice Chairman of the election watchdog, Matthew S. Petersen, resigned leaving the body without a quorum.
In connection to the quorum problem, a major argument has been that Donald Trump must appoint replacements as soon as possible in order to avoid hurdles connected to electoral administration as America prepares for the 2020 polls.
The latest news in this line comes from a really interesting post from The Center For Public Integrity by Dave Levinthal that hints on the possibility of the selection of the first Black American to the FEC in the person of Shana Broussard. Many opinionists consider that this would be a great leap for US democracy. According to Levinthal,
The U.S. Senate and President Donald Trump could easily appoint new commissioners to the FEC and soon end the agency’s involuntary trip through limbo, which has now entered its second week.
Restart ingredients are certainly present: Senate Democrats have recommended Shana Broussard, an attorney and executive assistant to longtime Commissioner Steven Walther, to Trump for nomination, three sources familiar with the FEC nominating process confirmed to the Center for Public Integrity. (Broussard and Walther did not respond to requests for comment.)
Broussard, if nominated by Trump and confirmed by the Senate, would become the first African American to serve on the six-member FEC, which today only has three commissioners — one short of a needed quorum.
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