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Democratic Senate Leader Reid Told Cheney To Pick Miers

Raw Story | October 4 2005

Democratic Senate Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) urged President Bush to pick White House counsel Harriet Miers as his nominee to the Supreme Court, RAW STORY can confirm.

In a conference call held with liberal bloggers last week, Reid declared that he had told Vice President Dick Cheney and White House Chief of Staff Andy Card that Miers was a good choice for the Court.

"I said, 'I think that rather than looking at the people your lawyer’s recommending, pick her," the senator remarked. "The reason I like her is that she’s the first woman to be president of the very, very large Texas bar association, she was a partner in a law firm, she’s actually tried cases, she was a trial lawyer, and she’s had experience here. I could accept that. And if that fits into the cronyism argument, I will include everybody as a crony, but not her, when I make my case."

"I personally think that I would like to see someone who has not had judicial experience," he added. "I think that we need somebody to go on that Court in the mold of the people on the Berger court, people who have not spent their lifetime holed up in some office writing opinions and reading briefs."

Reid said the Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee Arlen Specter (R-PA), ranking Judiciary Democrat Pat Leahy (D-VT, and Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN) were present at the meeting.

The Democrats' Senate leader is a moderate in his caucus, being pro-life and a Mormon.

He did, however, join 22 Democrats who voted against John Roberts to be Chief Justice, breaking with more liberal members of his caucus -- including Pat Leahy (D-VT) and Russ Feingold (D-WI).

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