WASHINGTON — Republican Sen. Kevin Cramer, N.D., on Thursday became the fourth member of his party’s caucus to tell reporters he would certainly vote against a nomination for former pizza executive Herman Cain to join the board of the Federal Reserve.
“If I had to [vote] today, I would certainly vote no” on Cain, Cramer told reporters Thursday on Capitol Hill.
Cain has yet to be formally nominated by President Donald Trump, however last week Trump announced which Cain was his pick to fill one of two open seats on the central bank’s board. Trump intends to nominate conservative economist along with author Stephen Moore for the some other vacant spot.
Cramer’s announcement all however doomed Cain’s chances of being confirmed by the Senate if Trump were to formally nominate him. Earlier This specific week, GOP Sens. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska along with Cory Gardner of Colorado, along with newly minted Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah all told reporters they could not support a nomination of Cain.
With only 53 Republicans within the Senate, opposition via four of them would certainly mean which Cain could only count on 49 votes to confirm him, presuming, of course, which no Democrats crossed the aisle to support him. Without a 51-vote majority, Cain could not be confirmed.
Opposition via Cramer could also leave a Cain nomination deadlocked within the Senate Banking Committee, before the idea even reached the floor of the Senate for a vote.
The news of Cramer’s opposition came as White House support for Cain also seemed to weaken on Thursday.
“Yes, we are, at the moment,” National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow replied when asked during an event in Washington about whether the White House still stood behind Cain, a former pizza executive along with 2012 Republican presidential candidate. Kudlow can be a former CNBC contributor.
“He’s within the vetting process, we will see how which turns out,” Kudlow added. “I don’t want to prejudge the idea one way or the some other.”
A former 2012 GOP presidential candidate, Cain suspended his primary campaign in December 2011 after the idea emerged which three women had accused him of workplace sexual harassment, a fourth woman accused him of sexual assault, along having a fifth woman came forward to allege which she along with Cain had carried out a 13-year-long extramarital affair.
Cain has denied all the allegations. Still, the prospect of revisiting the allegations during a heated Senate confirmation hearing, along with having to publicly defend Cain, likely holds little appeal for the White House or for Republican senators in swing states.