You read THAT Right….
A Black Republican US Senator has killed the nomination of Thomas Farr to be a District Judge because of Farr’s race and voting policy issues….
US Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) has done this earlier this year to another Federal judge’s confirmation effort….
Scott became concerned about the nomination after the Washington Post ran a story on Farr’s connections to Jessie Helm’s efforts to disfranchise black voters in the past….Farr was Helm’s lawyer ….Republicans had kept the Court seat Farr was up for for 12 years excluding 2 of President Obama picks for the court seat so Farr could get it….
The South Carolina Republican will oppose Thomas Farr to be a District Court judge, effectively killing the nomination on the Senate floor. It’s the second judge the Senate’s lone African-American GOP senator has tanked this year over their views and actions on race.
In a statement on Thursday afternoon, Scott cited “lingering concerns about issues that could affect [Farr’s] decision-making process as a federal judge” in opposing Farr. It was a reference to Farr’s alleged connection to former Sen. Jesse Helms’ intimidation campaigns against black voters.
“This week, a Department of Justice memo written under President George H.W. Bush was released that shed new light on Mr. Farr’s activities. This, in turn, created more concerns. Weighing these important factors, this afternoon I concluded that I could not support Mr. Farr’s nomination,” said Scott. In July he and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) rebelled against Ryan Bounds’ nomination to another lifetime appointment after examining his writings on race, forcing the White House to withdraw Bounds.
On Farr, Scott’s “no” vote came during a perfect storm of opposition…..