|Jan. 9, 2001|
When President-elect Bush named Senator John Ashcroft as his nominee for Attorney
General, Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, and Patricia Ireland started a radical smear campaign
attacking Ashcroft. Setting the stage for conservative nominees, the left is trying to defeat
Ashcroft and scare Bush into only appointing liberals to the Cabinet or the courts.
Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson's claims regarding Ashcroft's opposition to black judicial nominee Ronnie White are unsubstantiated. Ashcroft, a majority of the Senate, every Republican Senator, the National Sheriffs Association, and the Missouri Federation of Chiefs of Police opposed White's nomination to the federal bench. White was defeated based on his record of judicial activism and lone dissent to overturn the death-penalty conviction of a four-time murderer who killed three law-enforcement officers and the wife of a sheriff. Ashcroft is tough on criminals, unlike Judge White.
Ashcroft has demonstrated leadership through chairing the National Association of Attornerys General, the National Governors Association, and the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution. His experience as a lawyer and public servant has prepared him for cleaning up the Justice Department and restoring America's confidence in the rule of law.