“President Trump’s pick for Army secretary could withdraw from consideration as early as this week, according to a report, following a slew of accusations from liberal groups over comments he’s made regarding LGBT issues and Islam,” the Washington Examiner reported on Thursday morning:
Sources close to the nomination process believe Tennessee state Sen. Mark Green may not have enough support from Republicans and Democrats to be confirmed, CNN reported.
Green, a conservative Christian, is under increasing fire from the political Left over past statements opposing gay marriage, transgender bathroom rights and teaching Islam in public schools.
On Monday, Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Md., the No. 2 Democrat in the House, called his past statements “disgusting” and joined 31 fellow Democrats in urging the Senate to reject the nomination for what they called a history of homophobia and transphobia.
“Republicans, meanwhile, have been mostly silent on the issue. Sen. John McCain, in a brief interview with USA Today, said he was bothered by Green’s past statements,” the Examiner reported.
Should Green (R-Clarksville) withdraw, he would likely consider entering the race for the GOP nomination for Governor in Tennessee in 2018, where he would immediately become the conservative front runner.
Two other candidates, businessman Randy Boyd of Knoxville and businessman Bill Lee of Franklin, have already announced their candidacies for the GOP nomination.
Boyd, a former member of Gov. Haslam’s cabinet, is considered to be a Democrat running in the GOP primary by most conservatives, and Lee has largely run a substance free campaign, though he did call Gov. Haslam’s unpopular tax gas increase “water under the bridge” when he announced, alienating many conservative primary voters.