Got a really ironic response to my letter and call on the blocking of the nomination of Jennifer May-Parker for the long standing vacancy in the Eastern District of NC by Senator Burr. As you may remember, Sen. Burr recommended May-Parker in 2009 (letter captured at Huffington Post). Then in 2013 when President Obama nominated her, Sen. Burr refused to sign the blue-slip to let the vetting of the nominee begin. He won’t sign it and he won’t say why he won’t, and his stonewalling is perpetuating the long term judicial vacancy and case backup and judge overload it causes.
So the irony is in his letter responding to my letter. He writes “There is no responsibility of office I take more seriously than my obligation under the Constitution to provide my advice and consent regarding presidential nominations.” He did advise the president, and mentions his 2009 letter, but IS WITHOLDING HIS CONSENT EXACTLY.
He goes on to say “I am committed to seeing that our judicial vacancies are filled with qualified judges” But that is clearly not true as he continues to block Jennifer May-Parker’s nomination.
I am going to call about this irony – 202-224-3154. Please consider calling as well if you haven’t had a chance yet.