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Judicial Nominee Boggs Lacks Votes for Confirmation

Judicial Nominee Boggs Lacks Votes for Confirmation

September 23, 2014 — Senate Judiciary Chair Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) said Monday that judicial nominee Michael Boggs -- who has drawn opposition from Democrats for his conservative views -- does not have enough votes in the committee to advance his nomination, the New York Times' "First Draft" reports.

Boggs' nomination expires at the end of the year (Rappeport, "First Draft," New York Times, 9/22). Leahy said in a statement that the "nomination should be withdrawn."

Leahy also said that he spoke to Georgia's two Republican senators -- Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson, who both supported Boggs -- and informed them that Boggs did not have the backing needed to be confirmed (Dennis, "Potus Operandi," Roll Call, 9/22).

Background

President Obama nominated Boggs, a Georgia appeals judge and former state legislator, to serve on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia.

In May, Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee questioned Boggs sharply about his support for antiabortion-rights legislation during his time as a state legislator from 2000 to 2004. Democrats and progressive groups have also raised concern about Boggs' support for displaying the Confederate flag and opposition to same-sex marriage (Women's Health Policy Report, 5/20).

President Obama Maintains Support for Boggs

White House press secretary Josh Earnest said that Obama "believes that Judge Boggs has the qualifications to serve in this role" and would not ask him to withdraw his nomination.

According to "First Draft," Obama will have to decide whether to re-nominate Boggs if he is not confirmed before his nomination expires. The White House has not yet indicated if Obama will do so ("First Draft," New York Times, 9/22).