It is difficult for President Bush to get nominations confirmed this late in his term. And Securities & Exchange Commission General Counsel James R. Doty, who is the leading candidate for an sec seat, could get a particularly tough going over. Doty was once a lawyer for first son George W. Bush. Chairman Richard C. Breeden, himself a former Bush aide, has been criticized as being too political, and Democrats in the Senate are likely to view Doty's nomination with a jaundiced eye.

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