Uphill battle begins for Mel Watt’s nomination to head mortgage regulator

Congressman Mel Watt

Congressman Mel Watt
Congressman Mel Watt
By Kevin G. Hall
© McClatchy Washington Bureau
June 26, 2013

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s pick to lead the federal agency that oversees mortgage finance faces an uphill battle Thursday at a Senate confirmation hearing. Many Republicans are happy with the current caretaker and worry that Rep. Mel Watt, D-N.C., will bring a social agenda to the post.