In a new op-ed for the Tampa Bay Times, Andrew Gillum explains his opposition to Andrew Brasher, Trump’s judicial nominee for the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. Gillum points to Brasher’s bad track record on voting rights as Alabama’s solicitor general to remind readers of what’s at stake if Brasher is confirmed.
“Many of us don’t think about how much of our democracy rides on the nomination of federal judges, but it does – especially when a nominee is so clearly chosen to fulfill a backwards agenda. Brasher is likely to be scheduled for a confirmation vote in coming days. Every U.S. Senator will get to cast a vote on that confirmation, and they care what their constituents say. We can call, write and demand that this nomination be rejected. And on Election Day, we can vote for a president and senators who will seat judges to uphold our rights, not deny them.”
Like other Trump judicial appointees, Brasher will likely continue to push Trump’s anti-voting rights agenda from the bench through votes that allow voter suppression tactics to flourish. Gillum urges readers to contact their senators to reject Brasher’s confirmation and to keep our sights set on Election Day, when “we vote for a president and senators who will seat judges to uphold our rights, not deny them.”