August 24, 2004

CORE urges Edwards' support of Janice Rogers Brown

California Supreme Court Justice Janice Rogers Brown is one of a number of conservative jurists whose nomination has been held up by Democrats in the US Senate.

The Congress Of Racial Equality (CORE) is urging Democratic Vice-Presidential candidate and US Senator John Edwards to support the nomination of Rogers Brown, and is encouraging him to help break the deadlock that Senate Democrats have undertaken to block Rogers Brown and other jurists from being brought before the Senate for an up or down vote on their nomination.

The Congress of Racial Equality is airing the ad in Edwards' home state of North Carolina, where the Democratic Party is hoping for victory this year with Edwards on the ticket as the vice presidential hopeful.

"Judge Janice Rogers Brown is the daughter of sharecroppers and an American success story," a female announcer says in the ad set to air for about a week starting Wednesday on cable and network news broadcasts in North Carolina.

"For her remarkable work, she has been nominated to the federal bench ... Tell John Edwards and Ted Kennedy to stop blocking the nomination of Judge Janice Rogers Brown."

CORE national spokesman Niger Innis said the group hasn't made an endorsement in the presidential race. But he said it's no accident the ad is airing in a Southern state Democrats hope to win.

"Frankly the fact that we're doing this in the heat of a political season when the whole world is watching, is a good thing," said Innis, a registered Republican. "We're not affecting the election, it's John Edwards' timidity and cowardice in dealing with this question, it's the Democrats' filibustering tactics that could affect this campaign. We just want to let black Americans know what is happening within the Democratic Party."

Rogers Brown is black, though many on the "Soul Patrol" paint her with the same broad brush used to malign most black conservatives, including US Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.

Posted by mhking at August 24, 2004 11:21 AM

Based on what I've heard about her rulings (and it's been awhile), Ms. Brown is an excellent judge.

Posted by: David Beatty at August 24, 2004 01:07 PM
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