The United States Senate invoked cloture a little while ago on the nomination of Thomas Farr to be United States District Judge for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina, to a seat that has been vacant since December 31, 2005.
Senator Flake voted no causing a 50 50 tie, which Vice President Pence broke in the affirmative.
The Senate will now burn off the 30 hours of post cloture time before a final vote its held.
I oppose this nomination on the shear principle of the thing.
Farr went many steps too far during his years of association with Senator Jesse Helms and conducted some pretty over the top things.
Having a racist in the one of the political branches is one thing. Not nice, but little they can do to cause permanent damage.
Having a racist on the courts is a completely different ball of wax. I have little confidence he can suppress his views and do justice without respect to persons.
Just two saving graces here:
He will report to the 4th Circuit which likely will keep a very close eye on him.
He is 64 years old, so his period of active service and senior service will be relatively short.
Amazing the lengths to which Senator Burr has gone to get this clown on the court, including leaving this seat vacant for 13 years.
There are some steps his fellow judges might take to lessen his impact. His predecessor sat at Greenville, not Raleigh and they should require that he sit at Greenville. Better yet, have Flanagan move from New Bern to Greenville and shuffle Farr out to pasture at New Bern. That would take him away from the more high profile cases, particularly lawsuits regarding civil rights and voting rights that are more likely to be filed at Raleigh.
No case was made that he was a racist, at least not here.
Flake has said he will hold his breath and not vote for a court nominee unless he gets his way on the Mueller protection bill. It has nothing to do with his stance on this particular judge.
I find it difficult to believe Collins would vote for a known racist (even more than all other Republicans)
Not buying the story.