Reid Won’t Commit To Allowing Vote On Contentious Obama Pick Michael Boggs


Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) declined to say Tuesday if he supports President Barack Obama’s controversial nominee Michael Boggs or if he’d allow a full Senate vote on the prospective federal judge.

“We’ll take a look at that,” Reid said when asked if he has concerns about Boggs.

TPM followed up to ask if Reid would bring the nomination to the floor if Boggs is approved by the Judiciary Committee.

“We’ll see,” he said, adding: “I won’t make a decision on Boggs till the committee acts on him.”

Boggs, nominated to serve as a U.S. district court judge in Georgia (as part of a deal with Republican senators), came before the Judiciary Committee on Tuesday where Democrats grilled him on his past votes as a legislator to keep the state’s old Confederate flag and against abortion rights and same-sex marriage. Liberal advocates and reproductive rights groups are waging an all-out fight to scuttle the nomination.


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