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Thursday, January 16, 2003
CBTU Labels Bushs Re-Nomination of Pickering
In Your Face Arrogance and Insensitivity
President Bush, on January 7th, issued a grim reminder that his
Happy New Year message would indeed be short-lived for minorities,
women, working-class families, senior citizens, students, and the
poor across America. Using his trademark bold, in your face politics
of arrogance and insensitivity, Bush sought to breathe new life
into two politically dead corpses by re-nominating Charles
Pickering, Sr. and Priscilla Owen to the U.S. Court of Appeals for
the 5th Circuit.
These nominees had previously been rejected by the
Senate Judiciary Committee based on a thorough review of their records
and views on civil and human rights as well as other issues. Following
a process of fair hearings, both nominees were discarded
and deemed unfit to serve on the Circuit bench.
CBTU President William Lucy stated that once
again, President Bush has lived down to low expectations by demonstrating
his disdain for the judicial process and utter contempt toward a
large segment of the population who depend on a fair justice system.
This undeserved reward to Trent Lott can only be viewed
as a clear signal of his exoneration by Bush, sending
a chilling message across the nation that racial insensitivity is
a welcome piece of this administrations agenda.
Lucy called on the Senate to act with strong
conviction and once again send these nominees back to the
scrap heap. Lucy reminded the senators that the records
and views of these nominees had not changed; and therefore, neither
should the votes of the committee members. They both received failing
grades, thereby, they dont merit a promotion.
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