Whitehouse optimistic about McConnell nomination

Providence, R.I. – Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse says he's confident President Barack Obama will resubmit a stalled judicial nomination for the federal court in Rhode Island.

Whitehouse also says he's optimistic that Jack McConnell will ultimately win Senate approval. McConnell was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee, but the full Senate adjourned without taking up the nomination.

Obama would have to resubmit McConnell's name to start the confirmation process anew. McConnell was opposed by some Republican senators and by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which argued he was anti-business.

Whitehouse, a Democrat, spoke yesterday while on a tour of a small businesses in Woonsocket. He and the state's senior senator, Jack Reed, recommended McConnell to replace Ernest Torres, who retired.

McConnell declined to comment yesterday.