U.S. Sen. Chris Coons, a Democrat from Delaware, sits on the Judiciary Committee and has led the opposition to Brasher’s nomination. Coons said Brasher was evasive during his confirmation hearing and did not provide an answer when asked about examples of discriminatory voting laws.
“He is someone by his age, by his ideology, by his confirmation has made it clear he is unfit to serve on the 11th Circuit,” Coons said.
The coalition of groups, known jointly as the Leadership Conference on Civil & Human Rights, also opposed Brasher’s nomination to a federal court in Alabama last year. He was confirmed then after a party-line vote, and less than a year later Trump lined him up for a promotion to the 11th Circuit Court that handles appeals for federal cases in Georgia, Alabama and Florida.
Democratic senators are again expected to oppose Brasher’s nomination, but, so far, no Republicans have said they will not support him. U.S. Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina has joined with Democrats in the past to block judicial nominees that raised concerns, but he said Monday that he will vote for Brasher.
The Senate took a procedure step Monday evening that resulted in another party-line split and set up a final confirmation vote Tuesday. Georgia U.S. Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler voted with their fellow Republicans to advance Brasher’s nomination.
Representatives of the civil rights groups said they will keep trying to persuade Republicans to take another look at Brasher’s background before the final vote.
“It’s is our responsibility, it’s our duty to make sure that everyone understands his records,” said Benard Simelton, the president of the Alabama State Conference of the NAACP. “And maybe senators will take a second look and realize he should not be confirmed.”