(Politico) – President Barack Obama’s pick to be the next attorney general is winning over Republicans.
Loretta Lynch, the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York, has met privately with several Republican senators in recent weeks, earning some of their early support ahead of what is expected to be a contentious set of nomination hearings early next year.
So while Republicans have vowed to use the nomination process to take on Obama over his executive actions on immigration, Lynch’s early success suggests that the ugly fight won’t necessarily tank her prospects of becoming the nation’s next chief law enforcement official.
“I want to see what happens in the hearings,” Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said. “But certainly I’m supportive.”