The Administration: Post for Poats

After being picked by President Johnson for the No. 2 post in the Agency for International Development, Rutherford ("Rud") Poats had to wait six months for Senate confirmation of his appointment. The opposition to Poats was led by Indiana Democrat Birch Bayh, whose objections increasingly seemed to be motivated as much by vindictiveness as by vigilance. Last week his colleagues bypassed Bayh and voted down a motion that would have recommitted Poats's nomination to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. The Senate then confirmed him, 61-24.

Bayh, 39, first clashed with Poats, 44, when he was chief of AID for...

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