There’s an expectation that any federal judicial nominee President Barack Obama seeks to place on the bench would get opposition from Congressional Republicans, but lately that hasn’t been the case. Instead, liberal groups are targeting an Obama nominee, and some of them are finding themselves in stark opposition to a White House they normally would have supported for the first time since Obama became president. With a confirmation hearing looming Tuesday in the Senate, morning fireworks could spark between the nominee and Democratic legislators.
The nominee, conservative Democrat Michael Boggs (pictured), who sits as a judge on Georgia’s state court of appeals, is drawing criticism because of his vote while sitting as a member of the state legislature in support of the Confederate flag remaining on the state flag.
Wade Henderson and Nancy Zirkin, president and executive vice president, respectively, of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human rights wrote to the U.S. Senate directly about Boggs’ nomination, Crewof42.com reported, and they were were pointed in their indictment of him, “Mr. Boggs should be asked what the Confederate battle flag symbolizes to him and to African Americans and why he believes that flag should have continued to fly over Georgia nearly 50 years after Brown v. Board of Education.”
Pro-choice groups are also angered at the nomination because of Boggs’ position on abortion. The legislation he sponsored while in the Georgia State Senate would have required parents to attend while their teenaged daughters underwent abortions. He also supports the legislation to define a child as “born and unborn.”
A total of 27 different groups are urging Senators to turn Boggs’ nomination back. White House aides argue that his record on the bench is what is most important, but that doesn’t convince groups that are dead-set against him winning a seat as a federal judge.
“Michael Boggs’ proven track record is that he’s not a man who would be able to separate his rulings from his deeply held personal biases,” Ilyse Hogue, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America told Politico.