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Reid ready to oppose Obama nominee
« on: May 14, 2014, 02:59:05 PM »

May 14, 2014, 02:08 pm
Reid ready to oppose Obama nominee

By Mario Trujillo

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Wednesday said he cannot vote for President Obama's nominee for the federal court in Georgia unless he gets more satisfying answers about his past positions. 

Reid said he planned to talk to Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) about Michael Boggs, Obama's controversial nominee to be a judge on the Georgia Court of Appeals.

Boggs has faced criticism from Democrats for positions he took as a state legislator more than a decade ago on abortion rights, the confederate flag and gay marriage.

“I’ve not talked to Pat Leahy personally," Reid told Buzzfeed on Wednesday. "I will do that. Unless I have a better explanation, I can’t vote for him. This is a lifetime appointment. He’s said some things and made some decisions I think are not very good.”

Reid added: “Boggs is not somebody I’m going to vote for unless I have some explanations on why he did that deal with the rebel flag and things he’s said about abortion.”

The majority leader said he would also confer with "my man in Georgia" Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), a figure from the civil rights movement who opposes the nomination.

The Senate Judiciary held a hearing on Boggs's nomination Tuesday in which a number of Democrats expressed skepticism about confirming him.

During the hearing, Boggs said he deserves criticism for voting twice to keep the Confederate battle emblem as Georgia's state flag. He also said he was unaware of the security threat to Georgia doctors when he voted on a bill that would require them to release the number of abortion-related procedures they perform.

He also said his personal beliefs about gay marriage would not be relevant to how he decides cases despite pushing for a state constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage while in the assembly.

The White House has defended the nomination, saying Boggs's decade of experience as a trial and appellate judge since his time as a legislator prove he is qualified for the federal bench.

“Based on Judge Boggs's 10-year track record as a state trial and appellate court judge, the president believes he is qualified for the federal bench,” said White House press secretary Jay Carney.

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Re: Reid ready to oppose Obama nominee
« Reply #1 on: May 14, 2014, 04:09:12 PM »
Given those "controversial" positions, I'm surprised Obammy nominated him.
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Re: Reid ready to oppose Obama nominee
« Reply #2 on: May 15, 2014, 04:51:10 AM »
Given those "controversial" positions, I'm surprised Obammy nominated him.

Yes.  We should praise the President for nominating a compromise candidate.  This is how you get things done without fighting for every inch. 

Fortunately for Obama, Bogg only needs 50 votes now that Reid nuked the filibuster.

I'm surprised Reid is threatening to vote no, unless it's just a show.  It feels like a show.  President Obama said “decisions about marriage should be left to the states as they always have been” only 8 years ago.  Reid doesn't have a problem with "light-skinned" people.  and Bogg's has a southern dialect but he only speaks that way when he wants too.

I sure with the Congress had something to occupy their time instead of confirming Obama's nominations.

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