Michael Brennan is coming up for a full Senate vote this coming for a potential lifetime appointment on the federal bench.
This comes despite the fact that Wisconsin’s Democratic senator, Tammy Baldwin, refused to turn in a blue slip for him due to his hard-right opinions.
(AFJ.org) “Brennan’s record and writings indicate that he holds a singularly troubling belief: that conservative judges should not follow precedents they disagree with. He has celebrated Supreme Court decisions that have weakened civil rights, and encouraged conservative judges to be more vigorous in overturning acts of Congress. He has called for unchecked executive power and sought to weaken rights of criminal defendants.”
Withholding a blue slip usually means the end of a nomination, but, as Baldwin noted in a letter earlier this year, “President Trump’s nomination of Mr. Brennan disregards the longstanding, bipartisan process in Wisconsin that has informed the selection of federal judges in my state,” Baldwin said. “This is a particularly troubling step at a time when institutions and traditions of democracy seem under constant attack, and bipartisanship feels like a fading concept.”
But, Senator Baldwin, he’s got something much better than a blue slip from you…
He has heavy backing from the Koch brothers , the far-right corporatists that helped engineer the dark-money campaign behind the Neil Gorsuch Supreme Court campaign. At Brennan’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, he couldn’t even acknowledge fact-based racial bias in the justice system.
YAY! Just what we need in a judge. Someone for whom facts have no meaning when compared to the interests of those he longs to serve.
Action: Let’s call our senators and tell them someone with Brennan’s regressive views shouldn’t get their vote for a federal judgeship. Call soon and call often, even if you’re sure your senator will do the right thing. The number of calls collected in every senator’s office matters. This slippery trojan horse is on the full Senate docket next week.
Also, if you haven’t called out against Wendy Vitter lately, she’s coming up too. Call!
Minimum script: I’m calling from [___] to tell Sen. [___] to vote “NO” to the nomination of Michael Brennan to the US Court of Appeals.
More script if you want it: Michael Brennan has not received a blue slip from a home state senator, denies the existence of racial bias in the court system, and believes he only needs to adhere to judicial precedent that he agrees with. His confirmation would be an appalling affront to both the nation’s judiciary and to longstanding Senate precedent.
Senator Feinstein: DC (202) 224-3841, LA (310) 914-7300, SF (415) 393-0707, SD (619) 231-9712, Fresno (559) 485-7430
and Senator Harris: DC (202) 224-3553, LA (213) 894-5000, SAC (916) 448-2787, Fresno (559) 497-5109, SF (415) 355-9041, SD (619) 239-3884
Other Contacts: http://www.phoneyourrep.com