Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Patrick Leahy, announced that the Committee would not vote on Steven Six’s nomination to the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Leahy blocked the nomination because of the dissent of Kansas Senators Pat Roberts and Jerry Moran. The Associated Press reported that the Senators sent a letter to Leahy requesting that the Committee not accept Six’s nomination. The letter contained no reason for their opposition. When pressed for explanation, their reasons for opposition were vague, according to The Wichita Eagle, and Leahy also admitted that no disqualifying evidence had emerged throughout Six’s nomination process.
Steven Six is the former Attorney General of Kansas, and his nomination garnered widespread support:
“The American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on the Judiciary gave Six’s nomination its highest rating. His professionalism and judgment have been praised by 29 state attorneys general, Republicans as well as Democrats. Six’s supporters have included five current and former deans of the University of Kansas School of Law and Deanell Reece Tacha, the Reagan appointee and former Kansan he would replace on the 10th Circuit.”
The Wichita Eagle report concludes:
“In his own letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee calling for Six’s confirmation, former Republican Attorney General Robert Stephan said Six had never let politics interfere with his responsibilities…Too bad the same cannot be said about Roberts and Moran…”