Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Levin criticizes Brownback offer on judicial nomination

Thank you, Carl. Brownback is way out of line here.

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Sen. Carl Levin said Tuesday it would be "very inappropriate" for Kansas Sen. Sam Brownback to request that a federal judicial nominee agree to recuse herself from any case dealing with same-sex unions.

Brownback, who may seek the Republican nomination for president in 2008, said last week he would lift his hold on the confirmation of Michigan Court of Appeals Judge Janet T. Neff to the federal bench if she agrees to step aside from cases dealing with gay marriage.

Brownback has stalled Neff's nomination to the U.S. District Court in Michigan's Western District because she attended a lesbian commitment ceremony of a family friend in 2002.

Levin, D-Mich., said in a written statement that "if Sen. Brownback made this request to Judge Neff, it would be very inappropriate." Levin said it would "strike at the integrity" of the process to ask a nominee to seek recusal from specific cases as a condition for being confirmed.

Neff told Brownback in an October letter that the ceremony had no legal effect and it would not affect her ability to act fairly as a judge. Neff said she attended the ceremony as a friend of one of the two women, a longtime neighbor.

You have to wonder about these people who are so obsessed with gays- what's in your closet, Sam?

With this stunt, Brownback just proved that he is not fit for office. But you knew that already.