Source: Larry Copeland / USA Today
ATLANTA – Some of President Obama’s staunchest supporters Monday announced their opposition to his nominees for federal courts in Georgia.
The group, which included civil rights luminaries such as Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., the Rev. Joseph Lowery and Rev. C.T. Vivian, Georgia’s black congressional delegation and a long list of African-American civil rights groups and legal associations, is protesting six nominees to the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals and the Northern District of Georgia. They say the nominees lack diversity and that one defended Georgia’s voter-identification law and another supported flying the Confederate flag at the state Capitol.
“Somebody has made a tragic mistake,” said Lowery, speaking from the pulpit at Ebenezer Baptist Church, Martin Luther King Jr.’s one-time congregation. “We’ve not come to attack the president. Somebody did this for him. And we say that he must undo it. It is insulting to come into Georgia in 2013 and bring a slate of nominees that is so unrepresentative of the state.”
Lowery backed Obama early in his first presidential campaign when many black leaders were supporting Hillary Clinton; in 2009, Obama awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Obama also presented Lewis with the award in 2011 and Vivian with it earlier this year.
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