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Voice: Democrats politicizing judicial branch

April 14, 2002

President Bush nominated Miguel Estrada in May 2001 along with 11 other qualified candidates. The president has moved quickly to nominate well-qualified judges "in an effort to address the current crisis at the circuit court level"

Just recently, Senate Democrats dismissed a nominee in committee who was well-qualified, according to the American Bar Association, and had the support of a majority of senators.

Miguel Estrada may be next.

His confirmation is stalled in the U.S. Senate because Democrats are putting partisan politics before the stability of our court system.

Miguel Estrada personifies the American dream. At the age of 17, Estrada immigrated to the United States, taught himself English, graduated phi beta kappa from Columbia University and magna cum laude from Harvard Law School.


If confirmed, Estrada would the first Hispanic to serve in the Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. That, in turn, would leave him well-positioned to become the first Hispanic appointed to the Supreme Court.

As Dallas Morning News columnist Rubén Navarrette Jr. wrote "For those loyal Hispanic Democrats out there, this is your cue to ask why former President Clinton — in eight years — didn't make it a priority to break either barrier."

I am tired of the Democrats playing partisan politics with the judicial branch of our government, so it is time for the people to stand up and not allow them to get away with it.



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