Wisconsin Sen. Tammy Baldwin joined a small but growing list of Democrats who are opposing Pres. Obama’s nomination of Antonio Weiss for a high-ranking post in the Treasury Department.
Weiss has been nominated to be Under Secretary of the Treasury for Domestic Finance.
While the post is not a high profile one, some Democrats see Weiss as a “Wall Street insider” whose appointment reflects a too-cozy relationship with the financial sector on the part of the Obama administration.
“I do not believe Mr. Weiss is the right nominee to push for strong oversight of Wall Street and protect the interests of Main Street as Under Secretary for Domestic Finance,” Baldwin said in a statement she released Thursday. “Based on his record and qualifications as a Wall Street investment banker I don’t have confidence that he will work to even the playing field for middle class families and small businesses who need a fair shot to get ahead.”
Sen. Baldwin joins fellow Democrats Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Dick Durbin of Illinois, Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Al Franken of Minnesota and Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire as well as independent Bernie Sanders of Vermont in opposition to the appointment of Antonio Weiss.