The day after Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee sharply questioned federal judicial nominee Michael Boggs, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) said he could not vote for Boggs.
Boggs, who is a candidate for a U.S. district court in Georgia, is the target of civil and reproductive rights groups who oppose his nomination based on a voting record that includes opposition to marriage equality, hostility to abortion rights, and support of the Confederate flag. During a confirmation hearing Tuesday, Boggs tried to distance himself from those positions, arguing that votes he took as a lawmaker are no reflection of how he would vote as a judge. The Obama administration has made similar comments, standing by Boggs’ nomination and arguing that it’s his record as a judge on the Georgia Court of Appeals that should matter.
According to reports, on Wednesday afternoon both Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) said they hadn’t decided whether they would vote to approve Boggs out of committee. And both Durbin and Reid plan to meet with Rep. John Lewis (D-GA), a civil rights leader and one of the most vocal critics of the Boggs nomination.
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Boggs’ nomination is not yet scheduled for a vote in the Senate Judiciary Committee. Senators have until early next week to ask Boggs follow-up questions
. After that, it is up to Judiciary Chairman Leahy to schedule a committee vote.