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"Sens. Casey and Toomey plot secret deal to nominate Tea Party Judge for Western PA District Court."

"Keystone Progress has learned that a backroom deal by Senators Bob Casey and Pat Toomey may result in President Obama appointing a Tea Party lawyer to serve as judge on the Western Pennsylvania District Court in Pittsburgh."
 
"The nomination of David J. Porter is working its way to the White House as part of a deal between Pennsylvania’s two United States Senators.  Senators Casey and Toomey are expected to jointly present Porter to President Obama any day now as part of a deal that will allow Casey to nominate people for 3 other vacancies."

"Insiders say Toomey and the Republican Party are willing to make any deals necessary to get Porter on the bench.  He represents the type of jurist the GOP hopes to place on the bench across the country."

"Porter is not just a lawyer with a right-wing point of view.  He is a right wing activist and leader in anti-choice, anti-marriage equality, pro-gun movements in Pennsylvania."

"He is not just a member of the Republican Party. Porter is well-known in legal circles for being part of the Rick Santorum wing of the Republican Party.  In fact, he has served as Santorum’s counsel."

"Porter is currently the leader of the Lawyers Chapter of the Pittsburgh Federalist Society. Porter recently invited the president of the Center for Equal Opportunity (CEO) to lead a session of his Federalist Society chapter. CEO is a right-wing legal group that is anti-immigrant, anti-affirmative action, and is even against bilingual education.

"Porter is a contributor to the right-wing Center for Vision and Values (CVV) at Grove City College where he also serves a trustee. CVV’s upcoming conference features Rick Santorum; anti-gay firebrand Michael Geer (gay relationships are a “tragedy” and like incest); right-wing radio host Michael Medved and Randall Wenger (attorney for anti-gay and pro-creationism law suits)."

Beside being "head of the Pittsburgh Federalist Society Lawyers Chapter (see above)," he is a "member of the Republican National Lawyers Association," and "he is an outspoken conservative tea-partier who not only opposed Justice Sotomayor’s nomination, he helped found a coalition to oppose her."

"Porter has written extensively on why the ACA is unconstitutional. He has represented the PA Republican Party on anti-environmental policy."

"Keystone Progress has set up a petition page asking President Obama and Sens. Casey and Toomey to reject Porter as a potential federal judge because he lacks the temperament to be an effective jurist."

This is the entire text of the email I received today, and here is a link to the petition page. If anyone has further info on this, please speak up.

6:26 PM PT: Michael Morrill has posted a more complete diary HERE.


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