But even after Monday's major public relations push by the White House, opposition on Capitol Hill continued to mount, including unusually harsh responses from ordinarily loyal Republican leaders.
House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) declared his opposition to Hayden's appointment, siding with House Intelligence Committee Chairman Peter Hoekstra, a Republican from Michigan.
Hastert "believes a military figure should not be the head of a civilian agency," said Ron Bonjean, Hastert's spokesman. Bonjean also said that Hastert had been "informed but not consulted" about Hayden's selection.
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