Blumenthal joins liberal revolt over Georgia judicial nominee

With tough questions about the Confederate battle emblem and abortion, Sen. Richard Blumenthal  joined a growing group of liberals who are dismayed over President Obama’s nomination of Michael Boggs to a district court seat in Georgia.

Blumenthal , who chaired Boggs’ confirmation hearing in the Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, said afterwards he isn’t ready to ask Obama to pull the nomination.

But he said he had “serious concerns about the activities and statements he has disavowed.”

As a state  legislator, Boggs voted twice to keep the Confederate battle emblem on the state flag – but said later he did so to support his constituent’s wishes – determined by a referendum.

But one of the votes was not linked to a referendum.

Boggs also opposed same-sex marriages and supported making public the names of doctors who perform abortions.

Blumenthal said, “I find, frankly, incredible the idea that you would not understand that this would put doctors at risk.”

Boggs said he now regrets his support of making the doctors’ names public.

Blumenthal later told reporters he needed to talk to his colleagues before making a final judgment on Boggs.

Boggs’ nomination was part of a deal President Obama  made with Republican senators to keep them from using a Senate procedure known as a  “blue slip” to block nominations to the more important circuit court bench.

The nomination “will go down in history as one of the worst acts of this president,” said Rep. David Scott, D-Ga., an  African American lawmaker who represents Atlanta suburbs.

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