From The Dead Pelican:
Landrieu votes "no" on Southwick and Vitter votes "yes"
The Senate voted today to confirm Mississippi Judge Leslie Southwick to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, ending months of bitter debate on the issue.
The vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the Southwick nomination was agreed to by a vote of 62 to 35, with Senator Landrieu voting NO. The vote to confirm Judge Southwick to the 5th circuit was agreed to by a vote of 59 to 38, with Senator Landrieu voting NO.
Senator Vitter voted YES to both cloture and the nomination of Southwick.
The October 24 edition of the TIMES PICAYUNE described the vote on Southwick as a "tough vote" for Landrieu.
"She pleases no one with this vote," said Jennifer Duffy, who monitors Senate campaigns for the Cook Political Report. "If she votes for him, the (Democratic) leadership won't be happy. Vote against him and it could be a campaign issue."
In a statement issue[d] after the vote, Senator Vitter said that “I believe that every judicial nominee deserves a fair hearing and an up-or-down vote, and I am pleased that enough senators decided it was time to overcome this filibuster of Judge Southwick. Unfortunately, Sen. Landrieu was not among that group, continuing her trend of not allowing nominees that have direct connections to Louisiana to even receive an up-or-down vote – much like she is doing to David Dugas who is nominated to fill another critical court vacancy in the Middle District Court of Louisiana.
“Judge Southwick has received high marks from the American Bar Association and was unanimously approved by the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee for his current judicial position. His nomination was being opposed for purely partisan reasons, and this seat on the 5th Circuit – which has jurisdiction in Louisiana – has been deemed an emergency need to fill. Thankfully, we can now fill this critical need with a thoughtful, strict constitutional jurist,” said Vitter.
Note: David Dugas is a personal friend, a good man and deserving of far better than he's getting from Mary.