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Thursday, February 04, 2016

Sen. Perdue Takes "Advise and Consent" Seriously

Sen. David Perdue (R-Ga.) is under fire for blocking the nomination of Dax Lopez to the U.S. District Court in Georgia. The senator exercised his “blue slip” power due to concerns about Lopez’s past involvement in the Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials (GALEO), an organization that applauded President Obama’s executive amnesties and opposed a tough state law on illegal immigration.

But the Left can’t pass up an opportunity to say conservatives are against minorities. The Huffington Post headlined its story on the matter “Sorry, Georgia, You Won't Get Your First Latino Federal Judge After All.” The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights condemned Perdue’s action. The president of the Hispanic National Bar Association concluded that the senator could only have blocked Lopez because “he is a Latino who believes in Latino participatory democracy.”

Nonsense. If Lopez wants to champion “Latino participatory democracy,” let him take up his career in that field; in fact, sometimes community organizers go on to bigger things. But the role of a federal judge isn’t to advocate for any ethnic group but to interpret the laws as written. The rule of law is too important to leave to the ethnic-grievance lobby. Sen. Perdue should be applauded for taking his duty to “advise and consent” seriously.

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