Monday, May 19, 2014

U.S. Rep. David Scott: Congressman John Lewis is a 'turncoat' for stance on controversial judicial nominee (Update)

Posted By on Mon, May 19, 2014 at 3:41 PM

"John Lewis has betrayed Georgia if this is his new position. He is speaking for the White House and not women, African-Americans and gays with his new position, and he has turned his back on his own supporters."

U.S. Rep. David Scott, D-Atlanta, calls out Congressman John Lewis for failing to speak out against Georgia Court of Appeals Judge Michael Boggs, a controversial federal judicial nominee that's reportedly dividing congressional black caucus members. The selection of Boggs, a former state lawmaker who once voted to keep the confederate symbol in Georgia's flag, is part of a deal made between President Barack Obama and U.S. Sens. Johnny Isakson and Saxby Chambliss to allow 11th Circuit Court of Appeals nominee Jill Pryor, one of the president's picks, to be approved. (via the AJC, Huffington Post)

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UPDATE, 3:40 p.m.: Lewis has issued the following statement saying that he would vote against Boggs' confirmation if he could:

I have fought long and hard and even put my life on the line for the cause of equal rights and social justice. My commitment to these ideals has never changed, and my record is solid and unwavering. I take a back-seat to no one and have been at the forefront for decades in defense of the right to marry, a women's right to choose, and the imperative of non-violence as a means of dissent. I have worked tirelessly to rid Georgia, the South, and this nation from the stain of racial discrimination in any form, including the display of Confederate emblems in the Georgia state flag. I am not about to change that position now.

"I have tried to refrain from making public statements out of respect for my colleagues and the Senate process. I believe it is important to allow each candidate to be evaluated according to his or her own merits and to allow the Senate judicial nomination process to take its course. This willingness to permit due process is all that I have indicated in any conversation I may have had with my colleagues. I did not at any time indicate my support for the Boggs nomination or say that he had the backing of the African American community in Georgia.

"Based on the evidence revealed during this hearing, I do not support the confirmation of Michael Boggs to the federal bench. His record is in direct opposition to everything I have stood for during my career, and his misrepresentation of that record to the committee is even more troubling. The testimony suggests Boggs may allow his personal political leanings to influence his impartiality on the bench. I do not have a vote in the Senate, but if I did I would vote against the confirmation of Michael Boggs."

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