GOP Sen. Tim Scott Stands Firm In Opposing Judge Nominee With Racist Legacy

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February 1, 2019

Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.), who last year defied his party’s leaders and derailed a federal judgeship for Thomas Farr, is resisting pressure from fellow conservatives to change his mind and reiterated his opposition to putting Farr on the bench because of concerns about the North Carolinian’s record on racial issues.

Scott torpedoed Farr’s confirmation to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina last November after a leaked memo revealed the nominee’s role in a racist voter suppression scheme during the 1984 and 1990 campaigns of the late Sen. Jesse Helms (R-N.C.).

Despite the political embarrassment of thwarted nomination, Farr’s backers want President Donald Trump to again submit his name for Senate confirmation to the judgeship in the new session of Congress. And in a letter to Scott earlier this week, 31 conservative leaders urged him to reverse himself, given that his stance on Farr could prove crucial to whether Trump follows through with a renomination. 

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