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  House Panel Blocks Kaine Cabinet Nominee
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Last EditedScottĀ³  Mar 07, 2006 03:42pm
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MediaNewspaper - Washington Post
News DateTuesday, March 7, 2006 09:00:00 PM UTC0:0
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"Virginia's Republican-controlled House of Delegates voted Tuesday afternoon to reject Democratic Gov. Timothy M. Kaine's nomination of former labor leader Daniel G. LeBlanc to his cabinet, the first time lawmakers have blocked a cabinet nominee.

The 55 to 42 vote on the House floor was largely along party lines, although two independents joined with Democrats to support the nomination of LeBlanc as secretary of the commonwealth.

The assembly had not blocked a governor's choice for a cabinet secretary since the cabinet system was put in place in the 1970s by Kaine's father-in-law, then-Gov. A. Linwood Holton (R).

Earlier Tuesday, the House Privileges and Elections committee signaled the Republicans' intentions by voting 13-8 to remove LeBlanc's name from consideration for the cabinet before the matter went to the House floor.

After the committee vote, Kaine and LeBlanc met privately with House Democrats, who could be heard applauding loudly. A visibly angry Kaine then spoke to reporters."
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