Rep. David Scott, D-Ga., is joining the effort with NARAL Pro-Choice America to reject President Barack Obama’s judicial nominee Michael Boggs.
Scott served as a state legislator with Boggs. He and other Democrats have been slamming Boggs for his ultra-conservative record, the Huffington Post reports. Scott’s record includes votes to keep the confederate insignia on the Georgia state flag, restrict access to abortion and ban same-sex marriage.
"I'm as surprised and outraged as you are to be fighting an anti-civil rights, anti-choice, anti-marriage equality nominee put forward by Obama's White House to serve on the federal bench in my home state in Georgia," Scott said. "If we don't stop Michael Boggs, he'll be on the court for his entire lifetime."
NARAL sent an email to supporters with a letter from Scott asking them to pressure their senators to reject the Boggs nomination.
"We’re disappointed that pro-choice President Obama nominated someone who doesn’t share our pro-choice values," reads the email. "We agree with the president on a lot of things, but not this pick. Speak out now and call on your senators to oppose a nominee who can’t be trusted with our rights."
Civil rights leader Joseph Lowery also disagreed vehemently with the nomination, to the point that he thought it was a staff member’s oversight.
"I think [Obama] must have left it to somebody else," Lowery said. "It was a mistake."
White House counsel Kathryn Ruemmler defended Boggs’ nomination, telling the Huffington Post in an interview that it was better than leaving the seat vacant and that critics were choosing not to acknowledge the judge’s criminal justice achievements.
"Of all the recent criticisms offered against Michael Boggs, not one is based on his record as a judge for the past 10 years," Ruemmler said. "What has distinguished him as a state court judge at the trial level as well as on the court of appeals is that he has taken a keen interest and leading role in criminal justice reform.”
The NARAL email urging liberal supporters to oppose Boggs' nomination is expected to reach 500,000 supporters.
Sources: Huffington Post