The letter below is from Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) to a Vote Hemp supporter in reply to a letter asking her to oppose the nomination of Michele Leonhart to be DEA Administrator.
Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA)
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November 18, 2010
Thank you for contacting me regarding the appointment of Michele Leonhart as Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Adminstration. I appreciate hearing from you.
As you may know, Article II, Section 2 of the Constitution charges the Senate with advising on and consenting to presidential nominees to many executive branch offices. I consider this responsibility to be one of my most important duties as a U.S. Senator. As the Senate considers each of the President's potential appointees, I treat each individual with the same level of respect, scrutiny and courtesy that I believe all nominees deserve.
As I look at each individual, I examine their record and experience to see if they meet my long-held standards. I will consider whether they are ethical, honest and qualified. Rest assured, I also keep your views in mind when making my final decision on each nomination.
I share your concern and thank you for your observations about the President's potential appointees. If I can be of service in the future, please be in touch.
I hope all is well in [town name redacted].
United States Senator