Erick Erickson steps out for Dax Lopez, an Obama judicial nominee

For months, President Barack Obama’s nomination of Dax Lopez, a DeKalb County state court judge, to a federal judgeship has been frozen in place by protests from local anti-immigration reform activists.

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But suddenly, we’re spotting some definite signs of movement on Lopez’ nomination. One is the very public endorsement that just came from Erick Erickson, the conservative WSB Radio provocateur. Erickson conceded that, prior to his career as a judge, Lopez supported immigration reform. Then the radio host said this:

“You’re not going to get a better nominee than Dax Lopez. Of all the judicial picks nationwide, he is probably the most free-market. Most willing to understand that business needs to be able to do business. He’s going to be the best pick you could hope for from the president of the United States for Georgia.

“He is the least liberal nominee, I think, the president has put on the bench nationwide at a district court position. Members of the conservative Federalist Society have come out in favor of him. A number of Republicans have come out in favor of him. I’m just telling you – you don’t go with Dax Lopez, you’re going to get some wackadoodle liberal…. “

Erickson urged U.S. Sens. Johnny Isakson and David Perdue, who need to sign off on the nomination before it comes up for a floor vote, to do just that.

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Jim Galloway
Jim Galloway
Jim Galloway is a three-decade veteran of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution who writes the Political Insider blog and column.