Senator Marco Rubio Blocks Gay Black Judge’s Nomination to Federal Bench

Back in July we reported that Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) was holding up the confirmation of Judge William Thomas to the Federal District Court for the Southern
District of Florida. Thomas serves on the Miami Dade Circuit and was
nominated more than 10 months ago.

Rubio has now withdrawn his support for Obama's nomination.

ThomasRubio says he withdrew his support because of actions in two criminal cases, and without that support the nomination is dead. Florida's other Senator, Bill Nelson, has given his full approval. Supporters of Thomas believe Rubio is blocking the nomination for political reasons, the NYT reports:

“As much as I would like to think that politics has nothing to do with this, it looks as if it does,” said Yolanda Strader, president of Miami’s largest association for black lawyers, who called Judge Thomas one of the hardest working on the bench. “It would be unfair to prevent a well-qualified judicial nominee from proceeding with the nomination process because he is an openly gay black male.”

Ms. Strader said the group has started an information campaign on social media and is considering an online petition to help move the nomination forward.

The paper adds:

The Congressional Black Caucus has been critical of Republicans in Congress who are holding up judicial nominations, including for a number of black judges. The group said that out of 787 federal positions, only 95 are held by black judges.

“That is a slender reed for Senator Rubio to hang this on,” said Representative Alcee Hastings, Democrat of Florida, referring to the two court cases. “Decisions in this country need to be made by females and Latinos and Asians and blacks.”

In related news, watch for the confirmation of Todd Hughes to the Federal Circuit later today. If confirmed, he would be the first openly gay circuit judge in history.


  1. zeno says

    “said Yolanda Strader, president of Miami’s largest association for black lawyers, who called Judge Thomas one of the hardest working on the bench.”

    Perhaps the NYT might want to remember that “hardest-working” is less open to misinterpretation than “hardest working”!

  2. HadenoughBS says

    Marco Rubio is a homophobic Tea Party idiot just like the homophobic Tea Party idiot from my state – Texas – trying to defund Obamacare and deprive the federal government of operating funds. Yes, none other than Ted Cruz. I suppose the winning majority of voters in Florida and Texas got what they deserved. Unfortunately, the rest of us must suffer due to the idiocy of the electorate majority. Ain’t this country just f*cking great?

  3. Bob R says

    Marco Rubio is a dolt who will never advance beyond being a U.S. Senator from FloriDUH. He’s a liar, a crook and a hypocrite whose parents love Cuba more than America and only became citizens after decades in America to keep their U.S. federal benefits. Rubio has no chance on the national stage, he’s a fool and easily subject to ridicule. He has the intellectual capacity of a fruit fly and is just as annoying.

  4. Hagatha says

    “The group said that out of 787 federal positions, only 95 are held by black judges.”

    That’s 12% which is in line with the national population, and twice the percentage of law students who are black.

  5. Hagatha says

    Jamal49 – see how you are? You call Paul names, but you don’t show us where he is wrong. Marco Rubio actually is an Uncle Tom. Ted Cruz isn’t. Marco was a wide eyed Democrat as a youth, but he made a deal with the devil. He wanted so desperately to be “somebody” that he married a woman and became a Republican. Why? Because handsome Cuban Democrats aren’t hard to come by.

  6. GregV says

    “…because he is an openly-gay black male.”

    I don’t understand if it’s being suggested thst Rubio is blocking him because he’s gay or because he’s open about it or because he’s black or because of that combination of traits. And the complsint that “only” 12% in federal positions are black seems odd. It would be like complaining that “only” 52% of a country’s presidents have been female or that only 10% of NFL players are openly gay.
    I think Rubio’s homophobia is already established and, though I don’t know if he’s racist, it would not be surprising. I just think his opponents needs to concentrate on the facts and not dilute the argument with potentially irrelevant factors.

  7. Hagatha says

    Ohno you deh-hent Miss Thang, You will answer the muthfickin question, you hear me hunayy? Lady Law gonna come down hard on you tired ass you don’t sit down and shut the hell up, beoth (snap snap).

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