Well, it looks like the Administration may be looking for a new candidate. At the White House Press Conference the following day, Snow admitted that the White House may be looking for a new candidate:
Q: Did you get a chance to follow up on the mine safety nomination by any chance?Hmm. I'd say if I was Richard Stickler, I don't think I'd be looking to buy a house in Washington.
MR. SNOW: At this point, we don't have any. We don't have any likely -- we're not in a position to announce another nominee.
Q: But are you planning to make another nomination and not a recess appointment?
MR. SNOW: You know, from what I gather, yes, but I'll find out.
Hat tip to Mine Safety and Health News.