With four Republican U.S. Senators now announced against the proposed nomination of Herman Cain to be a governor of the Federal Reserve Board, talk on Capitol Hill was growing Thursday evening that the president will soon scrap any plans to formally name the 2012 Republican presidential hopeful and onetime Godfather’s Pizza CEO to the Fed.
“I expect the White House will pull the plug on Herman and do so pretty soon,” one Republican senator who requested anonymity told questsin. The same senator noted that with all 47 Democrats expected to oppose Cain and four Republicans announcing against him, “there doesn’t seem to be a path to confirmation for him.”
Trump has not formally send Cain’s nomination to the Senate for confirmation. Last week he tweeted his intention to name the former presidential hopeful, who heads a political action committee supporting Trump’s agenda. As recently as Wednesday, Trump told reporters that Cain was “a friend” and “a wonderful guy.”
Talk of an exit strategy was fueled earlier Thursday by the announcement from Sen. Kevin Cramer, R.-N.D., that he opposed Cain, citing past charges of sexual harassment that resulted in Cain’s withdrawl from the 2012 Republican presidential race.
Cramer’s opposition followed similar statements of opposition from three fellow GOP senators: Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Cory Gardner of Colorado, and Mitt Romney of Utah.
John Gizzi is chief political columnist and White House correspondent for questsin. For more of his reports, Go Here Now.