Earlier this week, Senator Elect David Perdue addressed a group of Federalist Society lawyers in Atlanta. In one of his first public speaking appearances since being elected to the US Senate this November, Senator Elect Perdue made it clear to his audience that he would take a hard stance against activist judges as a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Excerpts of his address from the Daily Report Online:
“I’m not a lawyer, but I hope to bring to that committee just a common-sense approach…I believe you go back to the Constitution, and you uphold what our founders had in mind to begin with, not what somebody in 1912 thought it meant or what some judge felt in 1998, but what did the founders really believe. I personally take a very hard stance about an activist judge. I’m sorry, but they shouldn’t create law.”
Senator Elect Perdue also said he expected to be “very involved” with the judicial nomination process adding that he would be “very thorough” in vetting potential judicial appointees. He also expected to see at least one United States Supreme Court vacancy arise during his first term in the Senate.
Perdue also briefly discussed the Michael Boggs nomination, and said he has yet to meet with him. Boggs is a former state legislator and current Georgia Court of Appeals judge who is presently awaiting confirmation to a seat on the Northern District of Georgia bench. His nomination has been stalled by the Democratic-controlled Senate Judiciary Committee. Perdue said he would like to get Boggs’ perspective so as to decide for himself.