Last time it was the Miami Herald calling on the Florida senator to release his block on the new U.S. ambassador to Brazil. This time it's the conservative leaning Investor's Business Daily, which says it's time for Tom Shannon to be endorsed.
"The whole thing annoys Brazilians and hurts us," the editorial "Blundering in Brazil" says. "It suggests that the U.S. doesn't give weight to Brazil in world affairs and deprives Brazilians of the heavyweight they eagerly anticipate: Shannon.Frankly, we don't need this problem. The Senate goes into recess this week and Shannon has cooperated with the Senate. LeMieux should lift his hold and put U.S.-Brazil relations on a professional course. If it's not done, Brazil will be an obstacle — and a dangerous one — in our dealing with the growing threat from Iran."
The call on LeMieux comes as the newspaper criticizes Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for her approach to Brazil's ties with Iran. Clinton and LeMieux chatted by phone Tuesday. No details yet on what was said.