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A Rare 'Present' Vote for Schumer

New York Democratic Sen. Charles Schumer cast a rare "present" vote Monday on a judicial nominee, as he did in a Judiciary Committee vote on the nomination.

Schumer was not unsure of the merits of confirming Kevin McNulty as a U.S. District Court Judge in New Jersey. He voted present because McNulty is married to Schumer's sister Fran.

Despite some questions above his motives, Sen. Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey who backed McNulty's confirmation, said he did not know McNulty was Schumer's brother-in-law when he first considered recommending the Gibbons PC senior partner for a White House nomination.

Schumer has said he had no role in the nomination.

McNulty was confirmed 91-3, with one present vote.

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