Top Dem Senators Signal Opposition To Confederate Flag Nominee


Two members of Senate Democratic leadership aren’t inclined to support Michael Boggs, President Obama’s nominee to be a federal judge in Georgia, their offices said.

New York Sen. Chuck Schumer, the No. 3 Democrat, “is still reviewing the nomination and while he has not made a decision, he has significant concerns,” Matt House, his spokesman, told TPM in an email.

Washington Sen. Patty Murray, the No. 4 Democrat, is leaning against him.

“Senator Murray is not inclined to support this nomination,” Meghan Roh, a spokeswoman for Murray, told TPM.

Their concerns were revealed after Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) said Wednesday he “can’t vote” for Boggs, who has faced fierce criticism from the left for his past votes as a Georgia state legislator on abortion, gay marriage and the Confederate flag.