Sen. Wayne Allard may have gotten a little over-excited about the latest industry-friendly bureaucrat moving into the Department of the Interior. Last Friday, he sent out this release:
Allard Announces Confirmation of Lyle Laverty to Department of Interior
Laverty to Serve as New Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Wayne Allard (R-Colo.) announced today the confirmation of Lyle Laverty, of Colorado, to be the new Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife at the Department of Interior.
“Throughout his distinguished career Mr. Laverty has consistently displayed exceptional leadership and a commitment to our nation’s lands,” said Allard. “I have had the opportunity to see Lyle’s good work up close in my home state of Colorado. I have great confidence in his abilities and I can think of no one better suited to fill the role of Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife than Mr. Laverty.”
The problem is that Laverty hasn't actually been confirmed. Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden has placed a "hold" on Laverty, and despite Allard's congratulations, Wyden hasn't dismissed his concerns.
This isn't the first time that Allard's press office has let a gaffe slip by: recall the infamous first responder salute.