Keystone Progress has learned that a backroom deal by Senators Bob Casey and Pat Toomey may result in President Obama appointing a Tea Party lawyer to serve as judge on the Western Pennsylvania District Court in Pittsburgh.Senator Casey, is this true? But before we go any farther, who's David J Porter?
The nomination of David J. Porter is working its way to the White House as part of a deal between Pennsylvania’s two United States Senators. Senators Casey and Toomey are expected to jointly present Porter to President Obama any day now as part of a deal that will allow Casey to nominate people for 3 other vacancies.
Well, he's a shareholder at Buchanan, Ingersoll and Rooney. No big deal there, but he's also a trustee of the (let's be honest - right wing) Grove City College and a contributor to college's Center for Vision and Values.
Let's all take a moment to remember what the center is all about (from their own webpage):
Herein lies the difference between our approach to the pursuit of personal, political, economic, and religious freedom and the reigning viewpoint in higher education. We believe that God is sovereign. We believe that man is made in His image. We believe the Bible is indispensable to understanding the truth about our relationship to God, to our world, and to each other. These core beliefs ground human dignity and freedom in God’s revealed truth, a truth that animates our mission as we affirm the eternal relevance of Jesus’ challenge in John’s gospel, “And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”That's John 8:32, by the way.
Then there's the membership in the Republican National Lawyers Association and the Pittsburgh chapter of the rightwing Federalist Society.
None of which would actually disqualify him to a judgeship but we're not talking about that. We're talking about the deal supposedly set by the Democratic Senator from Pennsylvania, Bob Casey, to get this guy on the bench.
By the way, Porter was then-Senator Rick Santorum's attorney when lil Ricky was facing all that trouble with his residency. From Scaife's Trib:
U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum lives with his family at a Virginia house when Congress is in session, but state and federal laws allow him to keep his official voting residence in Pennsylvania, his lawyer wrote in a letter to Allegheny County.Wasn't Santorum running for office then? And wasn't his opponent a guy named BOB CASEY?
I realize there's a tradition in legal circles not to criticize an attorney for who his/her client is. Everyone's entitled to a vigorous defense.
But didn't both Senators Casey and Toomey vote against Debo Adegbile precisely because they didn't like his client (the Mumia Abu-Jamal)?
So my questions for Senator Casey:
- Who are your three candidates for those 3 vacancies?
- What happens if, when you propose any or all of them, the other republicans in the Senate filibuster them?
- Why would you make such a deal anyway?
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