During his press conference, Specter offered little information in the way of news. (He seemed amused to tell how he found out about the nomination—WH Chief of Staff Andy Card called him on the train from Philly this morning.)
We did learn, according it Specter, that Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D.-Nev.) did, in fact, offer Miers’ name as a suggestion for SCOTUS. Specter laughed it off when asked about Miers’ interactions with his colleagues.
“Sen. Harry Reid recommended her nomination to the President,” Specter told reporters, who giggled. “I asked her how she could so captive Sen. Reid.”
Specter didn’t recommend anyone, he said, because he didn’t want there to be a perceived conflict due to his role as committee chairman.