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Richard Burr “blue slip” watch: Day 264

Blue slipOkay — this is getting ridiculous. It’s now been 264 days since President Obama nominated federal prosecutor Jennifer May-Parker  to become the first African-American judge in the history of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina (64 days since he resubmitted her name in January).

Unfortunately, the nomination remains frozen in suspended animation because one man, Senator Richard Burr, refuses to return his “blue slip” — the modest little document (pictured at left in an image borrowed from the website of the Brennan Center for Justice) that, under Senate tradition, both Senators from the home state must return in order for such a nominee to receive a hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee.

What makes the whole thing that much more absurd, of course, is that Burr long ago signed off on May-Parker as the nominee. He even wrote a letter early in the Obama administration in which he specifically endorsed her for the job. Now, he won’t even answer questions about his actions in public.

This is clearly an unacceptable situation. Maybe Burr knows something the rest of us don’t. If he does, however, he owes it to his constituents to say what the heck it is. A more likely explanation seems to be that the senator is simply playing political games with a critically important matter of pubic business and, sadly thus far, getting away with it scot-free.

 

2 Comments

  1. Alan

    March 10, 2014 at 2:04 pm

    Nothing short of public humiliation of Sen. Burr is required here, perhaps the “government controlled” media isn’t doing its job in properly exposing his hypocrisy? If Burr has a reason for withholding this, then he should have the decency to publicly state what that reason, if any, may be. He is an elected official after all, and owes the electorate an explanation of why, and by explanation, I mean a truthful and believable response, unlike the usual political obfuscation. However, I think it unlikely he’ll have the decency to do this. Yet another, like we needed any, embarrassment to NC.

  2. Bubba

    March 16, 2014 at 9:53 pm

    The wittle Canadian Dr. Lady awready handed his a__ to him. Does this guy get off on being a doofus prime? Smug, arrogant, not so bright conservative playing the fool.