WASHINGTON D.C. (EP) — President Clinton’s appointment of San Francisco philanthropist James C. Hormel as ambassador to Luxembourg hit a brick wall when the Senate refused to confirm Hormel as the first homosexual US ambassador. Now, Clinton has done an end run around the Senate. By waiting until the Senate was out of town for the Memorial Day holiday break, Clinton was able to give Hormel a “recess appointment,” which does not require Senate approval. The Constitution permits a president to make recess appointments, which “expire at the end of Congress’ next session.” That means that Hormei, 66, can serve through the end of 2000. John Czwartacki,spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott (R-Miss.) called the appointment “a slap in the face,” particularly to Catholics. Hormel is a fan of San Francisco’s Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence — drag queens who dress as nuns. Lott considers the group “an extremist anti-Catholic group.” Czwartacki said.
“The country of Luxembourg is 97 percent Catholic,” said Family Research Council (FRC) spokesperson Janet Parshall. “Virulent anti-Christian, specifically anti-Catholic bigotry, is at the heart of many organizations and events associated with Mr. Hormel. Appointing an ambassador who shows contempt for certain groups of believers should offend every American who believes in the Constitution. Respect for religious faith is at the core of what America stands for.”
Hormel, an helr to the Hormel meat packing fortune, is known for using his wealth to advance a radical homosexual agenda. He founded and supports several organizations which lobby for legalized same-sex marriage. He underwrote the homosexual propaganda film “It’s Elementary.” And he has pledged $600,000 to the American Civil Liberties Union, a group which, Parshall noted, “promotes partial-birth abortion, has repeatedly sued the Boy Scouts to force them to admit homosexuals and atheists, and attacks every public expression of religious faith.”
Robert H. Knight, FRC director of cultural studies, said the Hormel appointment “shows Clinton’s cavalier attitude toward marriage and widely held religious beliefs. The impression of ‘American values’ this appointment sends around the world does not serve our nation well.”
Hormel has also been criticized for underwriting the San Francisco public library’s collection of homosexual materials, including papers from the North American Man Boy Love Association, a group that advocates homosexual child molestation.
The Traditional Values Coalition called Hormel a “purveyor of smut” and attacked his appointment as “a cowardly tactic of sneaking in an undesirable appointment while avoiding public scrutiny.” The Rev. Lou Sheldon, leader of the Coalition said, “History will remember Clinton not only for being promiscuous and not telling the truth, but for also promoting the homosexual lifestyle at the expense of the heterosexual lifestyle in the United States.”
Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) said he would hold up all of Clinton’s non0military presidential nominations to protest the recess appointment. Inhofe cited a precedent set by Sen. Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.) who, as Senate Majority Leader in 1985, Reagan’s appointments to protest recess appointments. Inhofe wants an agreement from Clinton similar to the one Reagan made with Byrd, that recess appointments will be made only when Congress is notified in advance that they are “absolutely necessary.”
Hormel’s appointment had been blocked for 18 months, despite winning committee approval on a 6–2 vote. Clinton aides said they had commitments from at least 60 Senators to vote for Hormel’s confirmation. but the Senate leadership kept his nomination from coming to a vote.