Sen. Arlen Specter previously indicated that he was opposed to President Barack Obama's nomination of Dawn Johnsen to head the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel (OLC). MainJustice's Andrew Ramonas just reported that Specter has had a change of heart.
"After voting ‘pass' [which means no position] in the Judiciary Committee, I had a second extensive meeting with Ms. Johnsen and have been prepared to support her nomination when it reaches the Senate floor," Specter said in statement.
The nomination of Johnsen, a former ACS board member, now appears to have the support of 60 senators, including Republican Sen. Richard Lugar, (potentially dependent upon the results of next week's special election in Massachusettes.) Specter's new position was made public following an attack by his primary challenger, Rep. Joe Sestak, in which Sestak faulted Specter for Johnsen's nomination remaining in limbo.