President Obama’s judicial nominees from the Bay Area are too controversial for confirmation.
That’s the word from Washington, the Associated Press is reporting.
In a deal with Senate Republicans, at least 19 of the president’s picks will win approval before Congress breaks. In exchange, Democrats won’t call for a vote on four of the picks that conservatives have groused most about.
San Francisco Magistrate Judge Edward Chen and UC-Berkeley School of Law professor Goodwin Liu are among the four.
Chen, who was nominated for a promotion to an Article III spot, has faced GOP opposition largely because of his work as a staff attorney for the ACLU.
Liu, a nominee for the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, also has been painted as too liberal. Liu also gets flak for his own criticism of a judicial nominee -- Samuel Alito. Liu was deeply critical of Alito’s rulings prior to him getting a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court.
The AP says the deal pertains to the president’s “non-controversial” nominees. Maybe Northern District nominee Edward Davila is among them. The Santa Clara County Superior Court judge who would succeed Judge Marilyn Hall Patel won unanimous approval by a Senate committee earlier this month and has escaped the kind of harsh criticism the GOP had of Chen and Liu.
A spokesperson for Sen. Barbara Boxer, who recommended Davila, didn’t immediately have an answer on his chances.