Southwick Goes to the Floor
Washington, D.C. — After a long battle in the Senate Judiciary Committee, Judge Leslie Southwick's nomination goes to the floor of the Senate. Senator Diane Feinstein (D-California) tipped the balance in favor of Southwick by voting 10 to 9 with Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee. Senator Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) championed Southwick and made a statement on the Senate floor asking that Southwick's qualifications be measured fairly and that he be treated with dignity and respect.
Judge Southwick served our country with distinction and honor as an Iraq War veteran after requesting and receiving an age waiver. Additionally, Judge Southwick unanimously received the American Bar Association's highest ranking of "well qualified." Unfortunately, Judge Southwick has been the target of a deceptive and shameless smear campaign by extremist left-wing special interest groups and like-minded Senators.
Wendy Wright, President of Concerned Women for America (CWA), said, "Judge Southwick is a brave, considerate, intelligent American hero - just the type of person that we need on the federal bench. Liberal groups that depend on the courts to implement their schemes have unfairly smeared Judge Southwick. The fact that his nomination is opposed by groups that rely on judicial activism to institute preferences over equal justice and seek to punish him for being an Iraq War veteran should be enough to understand what is really going on. Judge Southwick has honorably sacrificed to serve the law and our country. He deserves to be confirmed."
Matt Barber, CWA's Policy Director for Cultural Issues, noted, "Senator Diane Feinstein did the right thing. Additionally, Senators McConnell, Specter, Hatch and Sessions are to be commended for setting the record straight on Judge Southwick. There is absolutely no legitimate reason to vote against this man. He should be immediately confirmed," concluded Barber.
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