One (Temporary) Hero – Byrd

I was curious which Senate Democrats might have supported the nomination of newly-indicted Abramoff/Norquist co-conspirator David Safavarian to be Administrator for Federal Procurement Policy. (See Bush Official Arrested in Corruption Probe.) A Thomas inquiry shows the following:

DATE RECEIVED: January 22, 2004
David Safavian, of Michigan, to be Administrator for Federal Procurement Policy, vice Angela Styles.
REFERRED TO: Senate Governmental Affairs
REPORTED BY: Senate Governmental Affairs
Committee Action: April 29, 2004 – Committees on Governmental Affairs. Hearings held. Hearings printed: S.Hrg. 108-549.
Floor Action: January 22, 2004 – Received in the Senate and referred to the Committee on Governmental Affairs.
Committee Action: June 02, 2004 – Committee on Governmental Affairs. Ordered to be reported favorably.
Floor Action: June 02, 2004 – Reported by Senator Collins, Committee on Governmental Affairs, without printed report.
Floor Action: June 02, 2004 – Placed on Senate Executive Calendar. Calendar No. 699. Subject to nominee’s commitment to respond to requests to appear and testify before any duly constituted committee of the Senate.
Floor Action: November 21, 2004 – Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
ORGANIZATION: Executive Office of the President

There you have it, confirmed by voice vote on my birthday, 2004. No fingerprints.
But there was one (temporary) hero. In Senate confirms federal procurement chief,

But following a Senate Governmental Affairs committee confirmation hearing in late April and the panel’s approval of Safavian in June, Sen. Robert Byrd, D-W.Va, placed a hold on the nomination, delaying a full Senate vote.

Except for this:

Byrd lifted that hold later in the summer after meeting with Safavian.