Carlos Moreno’s apparently still on Barack Obama’s mind.
The NYT's Caucus Blog reported yesterday that administration sources are again floating the California Supreme Court justice’s name for a seat on the United States Supreme Court.
About this time last year, Moreno was vetted by the president’s staff for the opening that eventually went to Sonia Sotomayor. This time, he’s on a short list — of 10, supposedly — to replace retiring Justice John Paul Stevens.
Moreno said today he hasn’t been personally contacted by Obama’s people, but that he’s honored by the mere mention in the Times.
“Well, it’s exciting, but also unexpected,” he said by phone from Los Angeles. “And I’m not doing anything to forward my nomination in terms of contacting people who might have access to the senators or the president. I’m not doing any lobbying.”
Asked if he thinks he’s got a shot, Moreno declined to answer with a chuckle.
“I don’t want to hurt my chances,” he said, “so it’s better not to speculate at all.”