“Early in his career, Justice Stras worked as a law clerk for Justice Thomas, one of the Supreme Court’s most conservative members. Justice Stras has described Justice Thomas as a mentor,” Franken said in a release. “I am concerned that a nominee nurtured by such an ideology would likely seek to impose it on the litigants before him.”
Jeremy Adler, a spokesman for America Rising Squared, said that Franken’s opposition rang of hypocrisy in light of his past statements saying that “highly qualified people” should be confirmed to federal judicial posts without delay. Stras, like Barrett and Larsen, also received a “well qualified” rating from the ABA.
“For someone who slammed ‘procedural tactics’ [for] obstructing ‘highly qualified people’ from serving on the federal bench, Al Franken should be ashamed of his hypocrisy,” Adler said in a statement. “Unfortunately, Sen. Franken prioritizes the interests of activist liberals above advancing the nomination of a qualified Minnesotan.”
September 12, 2017