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A.G. Nominee Holder Picks Up Backing of Another Republican

The backing of another Republican lawmaker should boost Eric Holder’s chances of confirmation, which  already seems very likely.

By Carrie Johnson
Washington Post Staff Writer
WASHINGTON — Attorney general nominee Eric H. Holder Jr. won support yesterday from another Republican lawmaker, all but ensuring his candidacy will proceed smoothly and not fall to a GOP filibuster.
Holder, a former judge and U.S. attorney in the District, met Friday morning with Sen. Mel Martinez (R-Fla.) and picked up his endorsement a day after a grueling confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
“Eric Holder understands the unique role of the Attorney General and further, I think he’s qualified to serve in that role,” Martinez said in a written statement. “Therefore, I intend to support Mr. Holder’s confirmation and urge my colleagues to do the same.”
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