Robert Bork And Conservative Legal Philosophy Join The Romney Campaign

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August 2, 2011 9:32 am
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The conservative beef with GOP presidential frontrunner Mitt Romney is that he’s too centrist. On issues like climate change and health care and social conservatism, Romney has issues convincing the right wing he’s one of them.

Could wrapping himself up in some of the most conservative names from the legal sphere help change that image? We’re about to find out.On Tuesday, Romney announced his “Justice Advisory Committee” which, according to the campaign “will advise on the Constitution, judicial matters, law enforcement, homeland security, and regulatory issues.” The group will even “provide legal counsel to the campaign” when it’s “appropriate and permitted.”

The list includes a roundup of some of the country’s most conservative legal minds, and it’s a possible precursor to what a Romney administration’s Justice Department might look like.

At the top of the list is Committee co-chair Robert Bork, the former Reagan Supreme Court nominee who infamously began his legal career with strident attacks on the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

Also on the list is attorney David Rivkin, who’s leading one of the largest lawsuits to overturn the health care law passed by Congress in 2010. Romney has said he wants to overturn the law based on the one he signed in Massachusetts, and is sympathetic with the lawsuits.

Lower down the list of lawyers are a slew of legal bods from George W. Bush’s administration, including Steven Bradbury, one of the signers of the Bush DOJ torture memos.

The whole list:

Alex Acosta

William Allen

Alex Azar

H. Christopher Bartolomucci

Lizette Benedi Herraiz

Bradford A. Berenson

Elliot S. Berke

Brant Bishop

Michelle Boardman

J. Caleb Boggs III

Robert Bork

Steven Bradbury

Lee A. Casey

Michael Chertoff

Jeffrey Clark

Gus Coldebella

Roderick De Arment

George Dent

Michael R. Dimino

Thomas Dupree

Charles Eskridge

Allen Ferrell

Timothy Flanigan

Sergio J. Galvis

Deborah A. Garza

Tom Gede

Mary Ann Glendon

Alan Gura

Jimmy Gurulé

Catherine Hanaway

Jennifer Hardy

W. Thomas Haynes

Jay Jorgensen

Jay Kanzler

Roy Katzovicz

Richard Klingler

Christopher Landau

Stephen Larson

Katie Lev

Wendy Long

Fred Lowell

Raymond B. Ludwiszewski

Maureen Mahoney

Roman Martinez

Gary McDowell

Brent McIntosh

Grant S. Nelson

Mark Nielsen

Howard C. Nielson, Jr.

Robert O’Brien

Kevin O’Connor

John O’Quinn

Elizabeth Papez

Matthew Papez

Nels Peterson

Thomas Phillips

Stephen Presser

David Rivkin, Jr.

Jeffrey Rosen

Gene Schaerr

Jay Stephens

John Sullivan

Richard Wiley

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