Michel Boggs, President Obama’s nominee for a position on the U.S. District Court in Atlanta, could find a more friendly reception from a Senate Judiciary Committee headed by a Republican than he found with the current Democratic led one.
Confirmation of Boggs, who was nominated pursuant to an agreement with Georgia’s two Senators, has stalled out in the Judiciary Committee because of positions he took while in the State Legislature on gay marriage, a change to Georgia’s flag, and creating a registry of doctors who perform abortions.
According to the Daily Report, either someone on the Judiciary Committee would need to change their position during the lame duck, or Boggs would need to be remominated after the first of the year.
“I would be cautiously optimistic” about Boggs’ nomination going forward, said Randy Evans, a McKenna Long & Aldridge partner with close connections to state and national Republicans. Evans, who co-chairs Gov. Nathan Deal’s Judicial Nominating Commission, said he does not expect Boggs to get a confirmation vote during Congress’s upcoming lame duck session while Senate Democrats still hold the majority.
Evans also said that, given the president’s commitment to Boggs and the deal that led to his nomination, the Georgia appellate judge would have “a reasonable chance” of securing a newly constituted Senate Judiciary Committee’s approval and then winning a simple majority of the Senate under relaxed filibuster rules adopted last year.
Senator-Elect David Perdue says Boggs deserves serious consideration. Perdue hopes to meet with Boggs and other as-yet-unconfirmed nominees once the new session starts in January.