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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 19, 2008
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Eagle Forum Urges Senate to Confirm Judge Robert Conrad
Washington, D.C. — Eagle Forum, a leading pro-family organization founded by Phyllis Schlafly, author of The Supremacists: The Tyranny of Judges and How to Stop It, urges the U.S. Senate to confirm President Bush's nominee to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, Judge Robert Conrad. Currently the chief judge for the District Court of North Carolina, Conrad has been rated "unanimously well-qualified" by the American Bar Association, whose evaluations Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Pat Leahy (D-VT) has referred to as the "gold standard by which judicial candidates are judged." Senator Leahy has long stalled on his promises to move forward with hearings and to vote these qualified nominees, such as Conrad, out of committee. Not only is the Fourth Circuit currently one-third vacant, but the seat to which Conrad has been nominated has been vacant for over a decade and is now deemed a judicial emergency.
"It is unacceptable that Judge Conrad's nomination has been lingering in committee for over eight months," said Eagle Forum Executive Director Jessica Echard. "It is the constitutional duty of the Senate to advise and consent, yet this Senate is on track to fall far short of the historical average of 17 circuit court confirmations during a president's last two years in office."
"Judge Conrad enjoys the full support of both of his home state Senators and his record of public service certainly speaks for itself," Echard said. "He should be reported out of committee in a timely manner and he deserves no less than a fair up-or-down vote on the Senate floor."
"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," concluded Echard. "At a time when Congress' approval ratings are at an all-time low, responding to the demands of their constituents and avoiding obstruction and partisan politics should be the Senate's highest priority."