Reid Opposes Boggs Nomination for Now, Will Consult John Lewis

Reid opposes the Boggs judicial nomination for now. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)
Reid opposes the Boggs judicial nomination for now. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)
Posted May 14, 2014 at 3:14pm

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Wednesday that “unless I’m convinced otherwise,” he will oppose confirmation of Michael P. Boggs to be a federal judge in Georgia.  

“I’m going to talk to John Lewis and some people on the Judiciary Committee,” he told CQ Roll Call, mentioning the senior Georgia Democratic congressman.  

He was noncommittal on holding a vote on the Boggs nomination. Reid first disclosed his position to Kate Nocera at Buzzfeed .  

At a hearing Tuesday, Boggs disavowed his votes as a state legislator on the Confederate flag and publicly naming abortion doctors , but his nomination has been in doubt given fierce opposition from an array of groups on the left.  

Under the Senate’s “blue slip” procedure, senators have an effective veto over judicial nominees in their states.  

Steven T. Dennis contributed to this report.
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