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Reid to try end run around Heller on judicial nominee Cadish


Steve Marcus

Sen. Dean Heller, left, (R-NV) and Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) chat during a Memorial Day ceremony at the Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Boulder City Monday, May 30, 2011.

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Judge Elissa Cadish questions attorneys after a grand jury indicted Dr. Dipak Desai Friday, June 4, 2010.

WASHINGTON — Sen. Harry Reid said Wednesday that he plans to ask Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Pat Leahy to consider making an exception to the Senate’s usual process and move Elissa Cadish’s judicial nomination to the Nevada federal bench ahead over Sen. Dean Heller’s objections.

But he didn’t sound that optimistic that anything would come of it.

“I am going to visit with Pat and go over it,” Reid said. “But I don’t think he will do it.”

Leahy is a proponent of the Senate tradition when it comes to judicial nominations: Though it isn’t inscribed in stone anywhere, you don’t move a judicial nominee through confirmation hearings unless both senators from the home state give their OK, which they do by signing a blue slip on which they’ve checked one of two options: “I approve” or “I disapprove” of the nominee.

Heller has opposed Cadish’s nomination because of opinions she expressed about the Second Amendment. Cadish wrote in a letter submitted as part of the vetting process that she did not believe the Second Amendment gave every American the right to bear arms — just weeks before the Supreme Court ruled in the ironically named Heller decision that, yes, it very much does.

Cadish has since said that she would uphold the Supreme Court’s interpretation of the Second Amendment, and appealed to Heller to change his mind in a meeting in Las Vegas last week. Heller said in a statement after the meeting that he “cannot in good conscience support a nominee whose commitment to the Constitution’s Second Amendment is in doubt.”

Reid, however, has stuck by his nominee.

“There’s yet to be anyone that I’ve heard that doesn’t think she’s qualified,” he said Wednesday.

Reid declined to say how, if Leahy declined to act on Cadish’s nomination, he planned to proceed, or whether or when he would move on to another candidate.

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  1. I honestly thought that a face-to-face between Heller and Cadish might set things straight. I've heard nothing but good about Cadish's ability.

    I understand why Heller took the stance he did prior to the meeting, and agree with it, but I think he might have been better off to allow himself to be persuaded by Cadish (since she is qualified) to change his mind and pocket a big I.O.U. from Reid and not give Berkely another (weak) talking point.

  2. I'm enjoying watching Harry the Hater get a taste of his own medicine in such a public way.

    And how his actions really show his disdain for the rules and regulations. Some of them he, himself created or enhanced to use against his sworn enemies.

    Karma can be a pain sometimes!

  3. It needs to be pointed out that this is not a partisan issue.

    But Heller made it so.

    The fact of the matter is that this has been verified to be a judicial emergency appointment that NEEDS to be filled.

    But Heller has been verified to be playing party politics. Because THAT is far more important than serving Nevada. His priorities lie with others. Not us.

    Let me refresh everyone about how this all transpired. Heller stood back from this and wouldn't say anything when Cadish's name was brought up. He showed serious waffling. He waited to see what the local media would say about his unendorsement. Then when Steve Sebelius and Jon Ralson, along with a long host of other local Southern Nevada media, all stepped forward and opined it was probably because of Cadish's so-called 2nd Amendment position. When Heller, who can't think for himself, heard what they said, he stepped forward and repeated it back to them.

    So all you Senator Reid haters are actually looking stupid in this whole debacle. Because everything shows that Senator Reid is actually trying to address a judicial emergency which will happen with no one appointed. He's actually trying to do something. Heller? No. He could care less.

    On the other hand, look what Heller is doing! He's just standing there standing in the way, not helping Nevada at all, but spends more effort pointing fingers and playing stupid Tea/Republican Party party politics. Senator McConnell is happy with his new brain dead disciple.

    I'm going to be first in line at the ballot box on November 2, 2012 to vote him out as soon as possible. Berkley all the way. Nevada deserves better than a total idiot like Heller.

  4. To All: I have commented before that if Judge Cadish is otherwise qualified, and she is, then her opinion on the 2nd amendment should NOT DISQUALIFY her. Heller is playing political games on an issue that has little if any relevance to appointing Ms Cadish. I have little, if any, respect for a "Senator" who has never been elected to the office having the power to quash an otherwise totally acceptable appointment. You weren't elected "Senator" Mr. Heller, and it's a joke that you even have the "power" to stop this appointment. How IRONIC, AS YOU WERE APPOINTED TO YOUR SOON TO BE UNELECTED SENATE POSITION.

  5. Senator Reid has exercised the use of Senatorial privilege on literally countless occasions. He has used it to foil appointments of people, to get special treatment for his pet projects, and to extract political patronage whenever it has suited him.

    Dean Heller should know better than to buckle under this pressure. Judge Cadish has a record that has earned her a degree of skepticism from certain folks -- and those folks will either put Dean Heller back in Washington or hand his seat to a Democrat. Senator Heller should pay attention, and Senator Reid should, after all these years, respect the rules of the institution where he is currently in charge.

    He doesn't get to change decades of rules and process when it becomes inconvenient. Sorry Harry.