In a vote of 17 – 1 on Monday, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee overwhelmingly approved the nomination of former Senator Carol Moseley-Braun as the U.S. ambassador to New Zealand. The committee’s endorsement clears the way for a confirmation by the full Senate this week, possibly as early as Tuesday.
Committee Chairman Jesse Helms (R-NC), who had delayed Moseley-Braun’s nomination hearing claiming that she was under an “ethical cloud,” was the only dissenting vote. Moseley-Braun refuted allegations of ethical misconduct in a congenial hearing on Friday, which Helms did not attend.
Carol Moseley-Braun had opposed Helms in 1993 over the design patent of the United Daughters of Confederacy, which includes the Confederate Flag. Moseley-Braun was the first African-American woman to serve in the Senate.