Democrats to delay first vote on Alito nomination |

Democrats to delay first vote on Alito nomination

WASHINGTON – Democrats confirmed Friday that they will make a last-ditch attempt to slow Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito’s momentum by delaying the first vote on his candidacy.Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., said in the waning minutes of Aliext week’s scheduled Alito vote in the Senate Judiciary Committee.That vote would have been Republicans’ first chance to officially endorse President Bush’s pick to replace retiring Justice Sandra Day O’Connor. All ten GOP Judiciary Committee members have already announced their support for Alito, a 55-year-old federal appeals judge, former federal prosecutor and Reagan administration lawyer.The White House on Friday heaped praise on Alito, with spokesman Scott McClellan saying the proceedings showed Americans a man who’s “brilliant, honorable and decent, open-minded and fair.”But Democrats say they won’t be ready Tuesday to vote on his nomination, since Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid of Nevada has called on party members to hold off making a decision until after a Wednesday meeting.The federal government is c

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