The conservative Judicial Crisis Network is launching a TV ad blasting Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., for not endorsing President Donald Trump’s pick for the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, The Hill reports.
Franken is not returning a blue slip in support of Trump’s nomination of Minnesota Supreme Court Justice David Stras. Home state senators of a judicial nominee can register their objection of a nomination by not returning to blue-colored paper to the Senate Judiciary committee.
The new ad, which will be seen in Minneapolis on Sunday, compares the judge’s 2012 election to the Supreme Court to Franken’s re-election to the Senate in 2014, the Hill noted.
“Who’s more popular than Al Franken?” a narrator asks in the ad. “Justice David Stras. Stras received 80,000 more votes than Franken. Maybe that’s why Franken is blocking Stras’ nomination to the U.S. Court of Appeals.
“So, is Al Franken jealous of someone more popular? Someone with bipartisan support? Tell Sen. Franken stop being petty … grow up. Confirm Justice David Stras.”
According to the Washington Examiner, JCN’s chief counsel Carrie Severino said, “Franken is trying to block the Judiciary Committee from even reviewing Justice Stras’ sterling record, and his refusal to return the blue slip for Justice Stras is unacceptable. By not returning his blue slip, Sen. Franken is choosing Washington politics over the people of Minnesota.”
And the Examiner noted Franken had said he feared Stras would turn the court “further to the right” if confirmed.