House Democrat Unleashes on Obama Judicial Nominees, White House Pushes Back Hard
Months of controversy exploded into public view again when Scott, in an interview on NewsOne Radio with Roland Martin, said it is incumbent on civil rights groups to convince Obama to pull down Georgia district court nominees Michael Boggs and Mark Cohen, and said the president will thank them for it later. Boggs, a former state legislator, has come under intense fire from civil rights leaders, abortion rights groups and those representing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people over past votes to keep the confederate insignia on the Georgia state flag, to tighten restrictions on access to abortion and to ban same-sex marriage. Cohen, meanwhile, has taken heat for successfully defending Georgia’s voter ID law in court.
“What your audience needs to understand is the level of disrespect that this president has done to this nation on these appointments,” Scott said in the radio interview. “The president is gone in 29 months. These individuals will be left on the courts to impact and affect all future generations.”
The Georgia congressman highlighted the apparent incongruence of Obama nominating a judge who defended a voter ID law at the same time Attorney General Eric Holder is suing states like Texas over such laws. Scott said states have voter ID laws “for no other reason than to deny African-Americans their right to vote.”