An unhappy White House called Kansas’ U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran’s office Thursday, in response to his public statement opposing confirmation of former Kansas AG Steve Six to the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals.
Apparently, the Obama administration wanted Moran to change his mind, but a top staffer said he will not, according to info from the pro-life Kansas Republican Assembly.
High court nominees must get Senate confirmation, following recommendation from the Judiciary committee, which has 10 Democrats-to-8 GOP members.
It’s bad news when the nominee’s home state senators won’t support him– which explains the sudden one-week delay on the vote for Six.
Frequently, opposition from home state lawmakers is enough to sink a nomination and such nominees eventually withdraw, have their nomination pulled by the presidential administration or find themselves the subject of a filibuster.(read more here)
Both U.S. Senators Moran and Pat Roberts have voiced their opposition and are asking other Senators to join them in denying Six this plum appointment.
“I felt it was important for Mr. Six to have a hearing so that he could provide his views and additional information and answer senators’ questions,” an email from Roberts’ office said.
“Based on that hearing, a review of the committee record will show several areas where his answers were not forthcoming or where issues of his judgment in handling cases as Attorney General were called into serious question. Based on his own testimony, I could not support his nomination.”
Read more details on Steve Six’s role in aiding Planned Parenthood here.
Please thank Senators Moran and Roberts [202-224-3121] and urge them not to reward this ‘Sebelius-abortion-payback’ nomination.