Friday, October 27, 2006

Senator Stabenow hits back on judges

A little love for Debbie for doing this. WTG Senator.

GRAND RAPIDS -- All or nothing.

That's U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow's position on three federal judge nominations made in a compromise with President George W. Bush.

One of three nominations, that of Michigan Court of Appeals Judge Janet Neff of East Grand Rapids, is on hold. U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kansas, halted her nomination after he learned Neff spoke four years ago at the commitment ceremony of a lesbian couple.

Bush nominated Neff along with attorney Robert Jonker of East Grand Rapids and Paul Maloney of Berrien County to serve in the U.S. District Court in West Michigan.

In the compromise to clear a logjam of judicial nominations, Stabenow and Sen. Carl Levin, D-Detroit, insisted on including Neff with the other two. All three had moved out of the Senate Judiciary Committee and were on their way to the full Senate before Brownback held up Neff.

Tuesday, Stabenow, D-Lansing, said if Neff's candidacy is scotched, the other nominations will be, too.

"It's a package," she said in a meeting with The Press editorial board. Stabenow is running against Republican Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard.

"It's time to take a stand" against nutjobs like Brownback who are just obsessed with gay people. This is ridiculous.

Enough is enough.