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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 5, 2007
CONTACT: Jessica Echard (202) 544-0353
EAGLE FORUM URGES SENATE TO CONFIRM JUDGE SOUTHWICK
Washington, D.C. — Eagle Forum, a leading pro-family organization founded by Phyllis Schlafly, urges the Senate to confirm President Bush's nominee to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, Judge Leslie Southwick. As was the case with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito, whose nomination the Democrats attempted to block in much the same way in 2006, Judge Leslie Southwick is an exceptionally well-qualified nominee. In addition to being rated "unanimously well-qualified" by the American Bar Association, Southwick is an Iraq war veteran with a stellar judicial record, including participation in over 6000 decisions on his District court and writing 985 opinions. Despite Democrat obstruction and attempts to smear his record, Southwick was finally voted out of the Senate Judiciary Committee just before the August Recess.
"The Senate is simply not doing its job," said Eagle Forum Executive Director, Jessica Echard. "More than six months have passed and the Senate has only voted on four appeals court nominees, which means they are falling far short of the historical average of 17 circuit court confirmations during a president's last two years in office."
"The American people have given this Congress the lowest approval ratings in the history of this country for a reason, but the Senate's action on this issue could help to improve that," Echard stated. "Grassroots Americans want to see that their elected officials are making progress on the issues they care about most, such as confirming highly qualified judicial nominees."
"It's time for the Senate to take a strong stand against obstruction and a potential filibuster," concluded Echard. "Judge Southwick deserves a fair up-or-down vote on the floor, and on the merits, there is no doubt that he should be confirmed."