Jim Sensenbrenner (R) of Wisconsin’s fifth district is slamming the nomination of Louis Butler as Western District Judge. Sensenbrenner’s reasoning? Butler lost a Supreme Court election last year. To Michael Gableman, now facing ethics charges over an ad he ran which was a downright lie. Gableman used Butler’s profession as a public defender, a noble position and underpaid when compared to private practice law, to portray Butler as letting child molesters loose on the streets.
The real issue, from Sennsenbrenner’s mouth, is he didn’t get any input on the selection;
“Under the Bush administration, we showed great care and concern for these appointments and worked on them in a bipartisan way.”
Sorry Jim, but Bush isn’t the president anymore. Wisconsin has clear guidelines for the appointment of district judges, and with two Democratic Senators and a Democrat in the White House, you don’t get a say. Rep. Sensenbrenner politicized the issue further describing the nomination as;
“Another example of the mismanaged way Washington is working under President Obama.”
The nomination guidelines have been in place since 1979. Your party is out of power Sensenbrenner. Deal with it.
Update: Dave Westlake, running for the Republican nomination to the US Senate released a statement on Butler following the same reasoning as Sensenbrenner. The guy is also a 9/12er…I don’t expect much out of him.