It appears that a senate vote on whether Charlotte-area Rep. Mel Watt should head to the Federal Housing Finance Agency will miss a major deadline this week.
A confirmation vote has not been scheduled and the Senate takes a month-long recess after Friday.
Some experts are telling Eyewitness News that Watt's confirmation could be in major trouble.
Watt was feeling optimistic in May when he was nominated by the president to head the FHFA. By June, Watt had his game face on while being grilled during a Senate confirmation hearing about whether he was too political for the job.
"Any nominee must be politically independent," said Sen. Mike Crapo, (R) Idaho.
Now Watt is in political limbo. Sources said the Senate will not take a vote on his confirmation this week before heading off on a month-long vacation, and political experts said that is not good.
"It is pretty much a sign that typically those are doomed nominations. They can certainly sit in the Senate, but the likelihood is they are not going to go very far," said political expert Dr. Michael Bitzer.
The uncertainty over Watt's future is underscored by the political fallout it is already creating.
Several candidates, including State Sen. Malcolm Graham, have emerged saying they would like to run for Watt's seat, but only if he is confirmed.
"Politics is about timing and opportunity and we will prepare us if and when the opportunity presents itself," said Graham.
That could happen even if Watt is not confirmed. Records from the Federal Election Commission show Watt has raised hardly any money for a new campaign, just $2,000 so far this year.
That is leading some to wonder if the will retire if he is not confirmed to head the FHFA, and Bitzer believes confirmation will only be tougher when the Senate comes back in the fall.
"There are budget negotiations, there is a lot of other things that are going to be much more pressing on senator's minds – this may get pushed to the side," said Bitzer.