Wednesday, December 14, 2005

More Questions?

Alito Snubs Congressional Blacks

As Democrats and Republicans spar over a potential filibuster by Democrats to block Samuel Alito's nomination to the Supreme Court, members of the Congressional Black Caucus say Alito snubbed their recent request for a meeting.

"We never heard back from anyone in Alito's office," Myra Dandridge, a spokeswoman for the Congressional Black Caucus, told Monday.

Dandridge said the caucus, which has been critical of Alito's judicial opinions involving race, asked for a meeting with Alito last month but never got a response.
"We just assumed the answer was no," Dandridge said.

Last week, the Congressional Black Caucus announced its collective opposition to Alito, saying Alito's conservative views could place longstanding civil rights legislation in jeopardy.
"The members of the CBC are concerned about Judge Alito's opinions, many in dissent, in race cases where his decisions have disproportionately affected African-Americans," Rep. Mel Watt (D-N.C.), chairman of the caucus, said last week.

"We are troubled by what appears to be a very conservative judicial philosophy that seems greatly at odds with much of 20th century constitutional jurisprudence," he said.

The Caucus is particularly concerned that Judge Alito has been nominated to fill the seat of a moderate justice, Sandra Day O’Connor, who was the deciding vote in decisions of great importance to blacks, including civil rights, reproductive health, religious liberty and environmental protection.


Hikaru said...

This'll be a fun, fun nomination process.

Hypoxic said...

Sounds as if he's already written off the Black Caucus - even before the hearing. I'd think it would make more sense to at least talk with them - who knows - might even change someone's mind. But I guess he thinks it's all locked up and he can afford to be arrogant.

Personally, this is not a man I want on the highest court - but he probably has the votes necessary for confirmation.