Obama taps another Republican for post

President Barack ObamaBarack ObamaDems discuss dropping Wasserman Schultz Mellman: Parsing the polls LA mayor: 'Donald Trump will not win California' MORE tapped another former Republican member of Congress to fill an executive-branch post, this time picking a close protege of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellOvernight Healthcare: House loosens pesticide rules to fight Zika | A GOP bill that keeps some of ObamaCare | More proof of pending premium hikes Senate votes to block financial adviser rule Reid defends embattled VA secretary MORE (R-Ky.).

Obama on Tuesday sent former Rep. Anne Northup's (R-Ky.) nomination to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to the Senate, an appointment that will last for seven years.

Northup, a perpetually vulnerable Republican who held a seat based in Louisville, finally succumbed to political reality in 2006, losing to Rep. John YarmuthJohn YarmuthA case for the Yarmuth-Price resolution Subcommittee clears bill on cap for phone, internet subsidies Lawmakers split on cap for internet, phone subsidies at hearing MORE (D). The following year, reportedly at McConnell's urging, Northup ran unsuccessfully against ethically embattled Republican Gov. Ernie Fletcher in the primary. Fletcher went on to lose the general election to now-Gov. Steve Beshear (D).

Northup ran for her old job in 2008, losing to Yarmuth by a 59-41 percent margin.

After her third defeat in as many years, McConnell, who is also from the Louisville area, recommended her for a post on the CPSC.

"Anne Northup has a well-deserved reputation as a dedicated public servant, and I have no doubt she will serve with distinction as a commissioner of the CPSC," McConnell said in a statement.

Northup is the fourth member, either current or former, of the House Republican Conference to get a job in the Obama administration.

Ex-Rep. Jim Leach (R-Iowa) is chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, hitting the television circuits lately as the cash-for-clunkers program becomes more prominent, is a former congressman from Illinois. And Rep. John McHugh (R-N.Y.) underwent confirmation hearings for his new post as Army secretary last week; he is expected to be confirmed by the Senate this week.

The Obama administration has tried to reach out to at least one other House Republican. In June, Rep. Pete King (R-N.Y.), who is considering a bid for Senate, told reporters he had been approached about taking over as Obama's ambassador to Ireland. King declined the post; instead, it went to Pittsburgh Steelers owner and Obama supporter Dan Rooney.