Supreme Court nominee pleases state Republicans |

Supreme Court nominee pleases state Republicans

Lindsay Renick Mayer
AP photoPresident Bush introduces his nominee for the Supreme Court, John G. Roberts Jr., left, as his son John, (Jack), age 4, dances, and wife Jane and daughter Josephine, (Josie), age 5, look on in the State Dining Room at the White House.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Colorado’s congressional delegates say want to learn more about President Bush’s Supreme Court nominee, John Roberts, in upcoming Senate confirmation hearings. But Sen. Ken Salazar said he was sorry a woman wasn’t nominated.”When I woke up (Wednesday) morning and thought about how the face of the Supreme Court will change, it’ll be a face that’s very different without Sandra Day O’Connor,” said Salazar, a moderate Democrat. “I think the movement by both Republicans and Democrats to create a court with better gender representation was a move in the right direction.”Some policy groups and grassroots organizations had urged the president to nominate a woman or member of a minority group, but Rep. Bob Beauprez said the president selected the best person for the job.”The president went for what he considers to be the best talent and I applaud him for that,” said Beauprez, a Republican from the Front Range. “I’ve seen the resume of Judge Roberts and I think it is enormously impressive.”

Salazar said Senate hearings will help him decide whether Roberts upholds three basic principles – fairness, impartiality and a record of upholding the law – but said the court is taking a step backward without a woman to replace O’Connor.Neither Salazar nor Republican Sen. Wayne Allard are members of the Judiciary Committee, which will hold hearings on Roberts’ nomination. Both will vote if Roberts’ nomination when it reaches the Senate floor.”I would hope the process be dignified and there be bipartisan support for him,” Allard said late Tuesday. “The president has done a good job selecting this nominee. Judge Roberts is very well qualified and highly respected by his colleagues.”With Roberts at his side, Bush revealed his choice Tuesday night at a brief White House press conference. The announcement put an end to the feverish speculation and special-interest posturing that had consumed Washington in the two weeks since Justice Sandra Day O’Connor announced her intentions to leave the court by fall.Roberts, who once was a law clerk for Chief Justice William Rehnquist and later worked in the Reagan White House, is a conservative said to be pleasing to the hard right. Calling his nominee “a man of character,” Bush said Roberts would “strictly apply the Constitution and laws, not legislate from the bench.”

Allard echoed the president and said he hoped Roberts would simply interpret the Constitution to the best of his ability.”If he applies the facts of the law, interprets the law and doesn’t create new law through personal opinions, our Western values will be protected,” Allard said.Rep. Marilyn Musgrave, a Republican whose district is in the eastern Plains, said she thought Roberts was an appropriate selection. “After taking time to meet with candidates of a variety of backgrounds, I am pleased to hear the president chose a well-reasoned conservative to fill Justice O’Connor’s vacant seat,” Musgrave said. “This is an important time for the president, I support him and hope the nomination process is quick and fair.”

Rep. Diana DeGette, a liberal Democrat from Denver, said the upcoming hearings also will reveal more information about Roberts’ views on the right to privacy, among other divisive issues. Roberts reportedly supported overturning the landmark Supreme Court case on abortion, Roe vs. Wade., while representing the White House before the high court in 1991. Vail, Colorado

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