Florida Senator Marco Rubio has withdrawn his support for the
nomination of an African-American openly gay federal judge.
Rubio supported President Barack Obama's decision to nominate
Judge William Thomas to the Federal District Court for the Southern
District of Florida, first announced in November.
nominates William Thomas to federal bench.)
A Rubio spokesperson told The
New York Times that the junior senator is questioning Thomas'
“fitness” for the bench.
“Those concerns include questions about his judicial temperament
and his willingness to impose appropriate criminal sentences,” the
A nomination cannot proceed without the support of both U.S.
senators from a nominee's home state. That is, without Rubio's
support, William's nomination is effectively blocked.
“As much as I would like to think that politics has nothing to
do with this, it looks as if it does,” Yolanda Strader, president
of Miami's largest association for black lawyers, told the Times.
“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.”