Nearly six months after it seemed that Mari Carmen Aponte’s nomination to serve as the U.S. ambassador to El Salvador was doomed, the Puerto Rican attorney was confirmed by the Senate.
It’s an interesting turn of events given that some of the same GOP senators who just months ago opposed her nomination voted Thursday to support her. Among those who switched from no to yes is Sen. Marco Rubio. The Cuban American from Florida is considered a rising star in the GOP. And even though he is a freshman in Congress, his name has been mentioned as a possible running mate for Mitt Romney.
Rubio is now suggesting that Democrats are to blame for the delay in her confirmation. That’s right. The problem isn’t that Republicans voted against her because of an old boyfriend who some allege was a Cuban spy. Rather, the issue is that Democrats didn’t give Republicans another chance to reconsider that vote until yesterday. In a statement released by Rubio's office, he argues that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), intentionally stalled the vote, opting instead to use “her nomination to help the White House play divisive ethnic politics,” by pitting Cuban Americans against Puerto Ricans in Florida.