The Telegraph
Sunday , March 16 , 2014
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India-origin Obama pick for key post in trouble

Washington, March 15: Facing a possible defeat in the Senate, the White House is considering delaying a vote on President Obama’s choice for surgeon general or withdrawing the nomination altogether, an acknowledgment of its fraying relationship with Senate Democrats.

The nominee, Vivek H. Murthy, an internist and political ally of the President’s, has come under criticism from the National Rifle Association, and opposition from the gun-rights group has grown so intense that it has placed Democrats from conservative states, several of whom are up for re-election this year, in a difficult spot.

Senate aides said yesterday that as many as 10 Democrats are believed to be considering a vote against Murthy, who has voiced support for various gun control measures.

The troubled nomination is the latest setback for a President who has struggled to get his nominees past members of his own party, even after Democrats changed filibuster rules to prevent repeated Republican blockades of Obama’s choices for cabinet jobs.

An official said yesterday that after the defeat last week of Debo P. Adegbile, the President’s nominee to lead the justice department’s civil rights division, it became clear that the administration needed to adjust its approach to Murthy’s nomination.