Thursday, October 29, 2015

Why Is Rubio Blocking His Own Judicial Nomination?

Is it because he's too busy running for President?

Talk about a dereliction of duty:
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) keeps taking heat for skipping out on his Senate duties while he's out on the presidential campaign trail. But he's still effective at one thing in the upper chamber: blocking his own judicial nominee.

Rubio is withholding his so-called "blue slip" from the Judiciary Committee to prevent Florida district judge nominee Mary Flores from advancing. The committee won't let any nominee move forward until it has blue slips -- they're literally blue pieces of paper that reflect a senator's support -- from both of a nominee's home-state senators. Florida's other senator, Democrat Bill Nelson, turned in his blue slip eight months ago. 

But nothing from Rubio.

The weird part is that Rubio supports Flores. He and Nelson recommended her to President Barack Obama, and the president formally nominated her to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida in February. She's now been waiting for a hearing for 242 days, but can't move without Rubio's sign-off. She would fill a seat that's been empty for 532 days, and that court is so overloaded with work that it's considered a judicial emergency.

Rubio spokesman Alex Burgos said the senator "takes very seriously" his role in confirming judges to the federal bench.

"The Senate Judiciary Committee is still conducting a full review of the nominee’s background and record," Burgos said. "After that review is complete, Senator Rubio will make his own determination based on the committee’s review and his own further review."

It's a curious argument given that Rubio himself recommended Flores. It's also a self-defeating one: Turning in a blue slip has no effect on a committee's review of a nominee. A spokeswoman for Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), the committee chairman, said Flores' nomination isn't moving because of Rubio's outstanding blue slip and because a committee review is underway.
This is just unconscionable.

Whether or not Bush flubbed his attack on Rubio's abandonment of his Senatorial duties, every supporter of Rubio should urge him to do the right thing and at least show up once this year to turn in his stupid blue slip, so we can get a highly qualified jurist on the federal bench.

Enough already.


Anonymous said...

Has he seen the red lipstick? It's powerful.

Progress Florida said...

Folks can learn more about Sen. Rubio's judicial obstruction here:

Anonymous said...

Baby Marco has been sucking on the government teat since he graduated law school. What a fraud.

Godwhacker said...

I've had jobs that sucked, but none of them paid six figures.

Anonymous said...

Rubio is a loser

Anonymous said...

Whenever I start to think Rubio seems okay, I remember the shit he has pulled with judicial nominations. That wakes me up. The Thomas block was absurd.

non-lawyer said...

"She's now been waiting for a hearing for 242 days..."

In the old days of 1971, William Terrell Hodges was nominated by President Richard M. Nixon on December 8th, and was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on December 11th.

44 years later, Senior Judge Hodges is still on the bench, Ocala Division, Middle District of Florida.

Anonymous said...

And some of you cray crays want him to be your president. He can't do his job. period.