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As Biden approaches the high court, Whisper campaigns increase

WASHINGTON (AP), -- Too progressive. Too conservative. This is bad for workers.

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As Biden approaches the high court, Whisper campaigns increase

As Biden approaches the high court, Whisper campaigns increase

WASHINGTON (AP), -- Too progressive. Too conservative. This is bad for workers.

As President Biden narrows in on a nominee for Justice Stephen Breyer, whispers and background chatter are increasing about potential Supreme Court candidates. The White House insists that he won't be influenced by any sniping, even though the president is open to input.

Jen Psaki, White House press secretary, promises that he will pick a Black woman who is highly qualified to serve on the Supreme Court.

Lobbying campaigns against and for Supreme Court candidates have a long history. Sometimes, they are launched by people who want to get the attention of presidential advisers in order to extol the virtues of a potential nominee.

Marty Ginsburg, Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s husband, is a famous example. He was widely credited for making an enormous behind-the scenes effort to get his wife onto the court. "Yes, he was our campaign manager," she later stated of her husband.

Legislators, advocates, lawyers, scholars, and advocacy groups all weigh in. Anyone can tweet today. Biden is expected to nominate a Black woman. Some conservatives have criticized him for narrowing his selections, claiming he is unfair to other qualified judges. The conservative Club for Growth, who backed Amy Coney Barrett's nomination by Donald Trump to the court, ran an ad that highlighted Hispanic judges who wouldn't be on this list. They also claimed that Biden's decision not to include them in the list was racist.

For two centuries, the Supreme Court was composed of white men. The court has never had a Black woman serve on it. Justice Sonia Sotomayor, the first Hispanic justice, is it? The court has never had an Asian, Native American, or Pacific Islander justice.

Biden solicited input from legislators and legal organizations as he made his decision. The White House posted Wednesday's photo of ex-Sen. Doug Jones (Biden's nominee team leader), at work "making calls" to senators from both sides.

Psaki stated that the president, who has been involved in many Supreme Court nominations as a head of the Senate Judiciary Committee as well as as vice president, "is not going to be swayed or sniped or lobbying efforts"

Three top candidates for the job include Judge Ketanji Jackson of federal appeals court, Leondra Kruger from California's state Supreme Court, 45, and Judge J. Michelle Childs from the U.S. District Court, 55.

Each finalist has a long list of good qualities and powerful backers as well as critics. Jackson has been hailed by the top civil rights lawyers and lawyer associations. Some have also criticized her for being too progressive. An ex-federal judge wrote to Jackson to inform him that Jackson's decision in a lawsuit involving Lockheed Martin workers and Black workers was unfair to them.

Kruger would be the first in over 40 years to make the transition from a state court into the Supreme Court. Her admiration has been praised by at least one former solicitor general and high-ranking attorneys. Some critics say she is too moderate to be a Democrat.

Childs was a specialist in employment law before she joined the department of labor in South Carolina. Her powerful supporters include Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.) and the South Carolina Republican Senators. Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott have also expressed their support.

Childs has been the target of most criticism, with labor groups critiquing her work in employment cases and others claiming she is too moderate to take Breyer's place.

Our Revolution, a progressive organization for political action, was created in response to the 2016 campaign of Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders. It sees Sanders' potential nomination as very problematic.

Joseph Geevarghese, executive director, called it "highly concerning", that Clyburn and others were pushing Childs for Biden's prounion stance.

Geevarghese stated this week that workers do not require another anti-labor justice actively opposing labor protections the administration is trying to expand. It would be absurd to nominate a union-busting justice as the nation's highest judge."

Her work with Nexsen Pruet Jacobs & Pollard, a Columbia, S.C. law firm, is at issue. She practiced there from 1992 to 2000. The American Prospect, a left-leaning publication, called her a "management side" attorney. It also pointed out the criticisms of the White House's unionization bill. They also highlighted her work in defending companies from discrimination claims based on race, sex, and pregnancy.

She's also been endorsed by some labor organizations, including the South Carolina AFL-CIO chapter. In a letter to Biden this month, President Charles Brave Jr. stated that Childs would "represent us all well."

Childs was taken from her company to work at the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation, which oversees workplace safety. She was later appointed to the Workers Compensation Commission of South Carolina, which is responsible for adjudicating grievances from both private and public employees.

Ann Mickle, an attorney, served six years on the commission before Childs. She said Childs was sought by lawyers to represent workers who made claims for compensation because of her reputation as being "intelligent and intuitive" and "pragmatist."

Mickle stated that if people understood Childs' work on this commission, they would be knocking at the door to get her into Supreme Court.

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