Political Cronyism/Nepotism, Senator Schumer (NY-D) Brother-in-Law Kevin McNulty Named to the US District Court in New Jersey
Once again with cronyism & nepotism politics, it is not what you know, it’s who you know …
Senator Schumer (NY-D) brother-in-Law, Kevin McNulty, was nominated under the cloak of silence this month to a US District federal judgeship in December. Go figure. The nomination has many the the “Garden State” of NJ crying foul and party politics cronyism. Any wonder why Congress gets such a low approval rating?
Schumer … Really, there was no Democrat party Cronyism here, trust me
Sen. Charles Schumer’s brother-in-law was quietly nominated this month to a federal judgeship in New Jersey — a move that has some in the Garden State crying political foul, The Post has learned.
Kevin McNulty, who is married to Schumer’s sister, Fran, was named to the US District Court by the White House late on Friday, Dec. 16. According to a boilerplate quote, President Obama believes McNulty is a “distinguished individual” who “will serve the American people with integrity and a steadfast commitment to justice.”
What no one mentioned is that McNulty, 57, was the last-minute choice of Lautenberg, who had been leaning toward other candidates until surprisingly submitting McNulty’s name to the White House.
Lautenberg and his aides have given no public explanation for the decision to go with McNulty even though the latter had never been publicly touted as a contender for the job, which carries life tenure and a $174,000-a-year salary.
Senator Lautenberg and his aides have given no public explanation for the decision, the White House also declined to comment, as did McNulty. Of course they did, why should anyone think there needs to be transparency or comments to “WE” peons. Senator Lautenberg’s peeps have denied any political motives. Sure there wasn’t, who is up for reelection in 2014? As we have learned with Democrats and New jersey politics, there is never a holiday for party cronyism. That would be 87 year old US senator Frank Lautenberg of course. Please tell me that Lautenberg is not going to run for Senate at the age of 90.
People involved in the judicial-nomination process in New Jersey told The Post they believe the surprise nomination was a naked political maneuver by the 87-year-old Lautenberg to stay in Schumer’s good graces. Lautenberg is worried that party elders will try to push him out of his beloved Senate seat because of his advanced age — something that Schumer, one of the party’s top opinion makers and fund-raisers, would be able to stop.
“McNulty came out of left field,” said another source involved in the Jersey judicial politics. “McNulty’s not a dumb guy, but people were just, like, ‘How’d that happen?’ ”