Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison caused a stir in Texas with her recommendation that the Obama administration name an openly gay judge and prosecutor as U.S. attorney in San Antonio. The pick, one of two also endorsed by her colleague Senator John Cornyn, could complicate Hutchison’s relationship with social conservatives as she challenges Governor Rick Perry for the GOP gubernatorial nomination next year.
Hutchison and Cornyn named Robert Pitman, a highly regarded judge, as one of their two picks for the top prosecutor’s job in the Western District of Texas. Pitman is openly gay, a fact that irks conservative Republicans, according to the Dallas Morning News.
“Tim Lambert, president of the Texas Home School Coalition, a former member of the Republican National Committee — and, like nearly all prominent social conservatives in Texas who have picked sides, a Perry supporter — called the recommendation ‘very unusual and disturbing,’” according to the Dallas Morning News.
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