It’s becoming increasingly clear that at some point, Senator Richard Burr is going to have to explain his one-man, silent filibuster of the nomination of federal prosecutor Jennifer May-Parker to serve on the federal District Court for North Carolina’s Eastern District.
As this morning’s edition of Raleigh’s News & Observer reports, the Congressional Black Caucus is now weighing in full force on the issue:
“U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield says the Congressional Black Caucus is discussing how to break the logjam over the nomination of Jennifer May-Parker to the fill the federal district court judicial vacancy in the Eastern District of North Carolina.
Republican Sen. Richard Burr has not submitted a ‘blue slip,’ the sign of approval that both home state senators must give before the Senate Judiciary Committee considers a presidential nomination to the bench. Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan has submitted hers, but Burr has declined to do so or explain his reasons….
‘Obama’s so careful. He always tries to work it out – get consensus before he makes the nomination,’ Butterfield said.
He said he hoped that if the president can’t do that, he would make the nomination anyway and insist on Senate confirmation.
In North Carolina, May-Parker is a well-qualified federal prosecutor and “there is no justified reason” for Burr to withhold the blue slip, Butterfield said.
‘I’m talking to the White House constantly about this,’ Butterfield said. “And I basically said it is imperative that we have an African American judge in the Eastern District of North Carolina, because it represents diversity and it also changes history.”
There’s never been an African-American judge in the district.”
Surely, Burr will not be able to stall such an important nomination (one that he himself previously endorsed!) without explanation much longer. Stay tuned.
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