Democrats in the United States Senate are trying to block the confirmation of Thomas A. Farr as a federal judge. A showdown vote is likely to happen as Senator Jeff Flake has promised to block votes until the Senate can vote on legislation to protect special counsel Robert S. Mueller III.
Democrats have united to derail the district nomination of Thomas A. Farr, a 64-year-old attorney from Raleigh. Farr defended a racially gerrymandered House map in North Carolina, and he was also active in drafting voter ID laws in North Carolina to disenfranchise African-American voters.
Since Senator Jeff Flake won’t vote for Farr’s nomination, just one more Republican is needed to block his nomination. There has been a steady stream of conservative judges to the federal bench, and this will pause the stream. In July, Tim Scott who is the only black Republican in the Senate sunk a judicial nominee over his writings in college that railed against race-think and other race-focused groups on his college campus.
If nominated, Thomas A. Farr will fill the oldest federal judiciary vacancy that has been left open since 2005. But Democrat Senator Chuck Schumer and the Congressional Black Caucus are leading a campaign against the nomination of Thomas A. Farr. Demand Justice, the N.A.A.C.P and other progressive groups have joined the coalition against Farr.
The Congressional Black Caucus wrote that the White House sought to nominate an attorney who is hostile to the voting rights and workers’ rights of Black Americans. But some Republican senators like Senator Thom Tillis of North Carolina have defended Thomas A. Farr and said he was the subject of a dishonest smear campaign from the far-left.
Some other Republican senators were optimistic about the nomination of Farr. One of those is Senator John Kennedy of Louisiana who said he has listened to Farr talk and he has listened to other people who said that Farr will make a good judge. He said it would be a close vote, but Farr will likely be nominated.
Senators Marco Rubio and Senator Tim Scott who both opposed the nomination of Judge Ryan W. Bounds to the United States Court of Appeals have been interviewed about the nomination. Senator Scott declined to answer on whether he would support the judge while Senator Rubio said that he would vote for the nomination.
Democrats in the Senate are intense in their opposition to Farr’s nomination, and they have taken their opposition to social media. They have consistently cited several cases where Farr defended and oversaw strategies to disenfranchise black voters.
Farr was appointed by the state of North Carolina to defend against a lawsuit that charged the voter identification law of North Carolina as discriminatory against minority voters. He also served as counsel for Senator Jesse Helms who called the Civil Rights Act, the most dangerous piece of legislation introduced in the Congress. Farr defended Helms’ campaign after a complaint was filed against him by the Justice Department accusing him of threatening and intimidating black voters. The campaign office shared postcards that said that voters were ineligible to vote, and they will be prosecuted for fraud if they attempted to vote.