August 29, 2007

Gathering support for Southwick

As Washington DC prepares (braces?) for the post-recess return of the 110th Congress after Labor Day, perhaps now is a fitting time to gather in one place all the support that has been voiced for the confirmation of Judge Leslie Southwick to the Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit.

Most recently, both the Washington Times and the Washington Post published editorials supporting Southwick's confirmation:
Times editorial: "Borking Judge Southwick", 29 August 2007
Post editorial: "Qualified to Serve", 18 August 2007

Several other newspapers, including a few local to Southwick's home state of Mississippi, have also urged the Senate to confirm this qualified jurist:
Jackson Clarion-Ledger, Jackson, Mississippi: "Southwick: Judicial principle worth fighting for", 3 August 3007
Hattiesburg American, Hattiesburg, Mississippi: "Bravo to Sen. Feinstein for Approving Southwick", 11 August 2007
Rocktown Weekly, Harrisonburg, Virginia: "Approve Judge Southwick", 24 August 2007

All four major Republican presidential candidates came out in support of Southwick at the beginning of August:
Fred Thompson's blog post
John McCain's letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee
Mitt Romney's statement
Rudy Giuliani's statement

And many others have also written in favor of Southwick's confirmation:
Senator Trent Lott, in the Jackson, Mississippi Clarion-Ledger, 9 August 2007
Wendy Wright, President of Concerned Women for America
Quin Hillyer, in the Guardian (UK), 3 August 2007
Editors of the National Review, 31 July 2007

The fight for Southwick is not over. It will take continued support from all quarters to press the Senate to give Southwick his due, with an up-or-down vote on the Senate floor.