WASHINGTON (CNN)–When the Senate holds a no confidence vote for Attorney General Alberto Gonzales later this week, Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Arizona, will not cast his vote against Gonzales.
On CNN’s Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer this morning, Kyl said he doesn’t think it is the role of the Senate to pass judgment on the president’s cabinet. “It's clear that we weren't supposed to have votes of no confidence of the secretary's cabinet,” Kyl said, and “I will vote against taking a vote on no confidence because I don't think it's appropriate.” Kyl would not comment on Gonzales’ job performance.
On the other side of the aisle, Sen. Bayh, D-Indiana, said he supports the no-confidence vote: “I think his conduct since then has shown, unfortunately, a lack of competence at a time when we need really competence at the Department of Justice,” Bayh said, “so I will not vote to express confidence in him.”
- CNN Late Edition Producer Ted Metzger