Georgia congressman and civil rights icon John Lewis on Monday denounced President Barack Obama’s effort to appoint a former defender of the Confederate flag to a federal judgeship in Georgia.
Lewis’ condemnation of Michael Boggs could be enough to sink his chances of being confirmed by the Senate.
Lewis, a Democratic member of the House of Representatives, said Boggs’ record “is in direct opposition to everything I have stood for during my career.” Lewis also said that Boggs misrepresented his record in testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
“I do not have a vote in the Senate, but if I did I would vote against the confirmation of Michael Boggs,” Lewis said in a written statement.
Monday’s condemnation by Lewis, a major figure in the civil rights movement of the 1960s, will be influential in the Senate, said Carl Tobias, a University of Richmond law professor who is an expert on the federal judicial nomination process.
TVNL Comment: Slipping such a bad apple into the mix of other qualified nominees to appease the most extreme members of Congress is an outrage. Boggs should NOT be confirmed, and should never have been nominated.