Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) admitted this week that he killed the nomination of a pro-life conservative federal judge because Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) failed to consult him, even though he supported the judge.
Paul said in a statement that he “supported” Chad Meredith’s nomination to the U.S. District Court vacancy in Kentucky’s Eastern District. Meredith, whose nomination was part of a deal that Republicans made with President Joe Biden, is a member of the Federalist Society, a group that studies and advocates for an originalist interpretation of the Constitution.
“I think he would make a good judge,” Paul told USA Today. “Unfortunately, instead of communicating and lining up support for him, Senator McConnell chose to cut a secret deal with the White House that fell apart.”
Paul told Politico that McConnell was “to blame for tanking this because he tried to do [it] secretly.”
“We have no reason to be opposed to Chad Meredith, other than we want at least the courtesy of the … minority leader, thinking that he’s not so important that he doesn’t have to talk to his fellow state senator, that’s all we wanted,” Paul continued. “This was a secret deal by McConnell.”
An adviser for the minority leader commented that Paul was doing Democrats and the White House “a huge favor” by tanking Meredith’s nomination.
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