Tillis cites voting lawsuit to explain 'no' on Lynch nomination

Posted February 26, 2015

— The U.S. Senate's Judiciary Committee has has approved Greensboro native Loretta Lynch's nomination to serve as U.S. attorney general, but she did not have the support of a home-state senator.

Sen. Thom Tillis voted no on Lynch's nomination, saying that she did not clearly answer questions he had related to a federal voting rights lawsuit.

"By all indications, Ms. Lynch would continue to pursue the costly and frivolous lawsuit against the state of North Carolina to overturn a common-sense and constitutionally sound voter ID law," Tillis said in a prepared statement emailed to reporters. "That same law is supported by the vast majority of North Carolinians, and the U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled that similar state photo ID laws are in fact constitutional."

During a hearing earlier this month, {{a href="external_link-14476061"}}Tillis asked Lynch "given the limited the resources within the AG's office," would she continue to pursue cases like the one brought against North Carolina's voter ID law. Tillis helped bring that law about when he was speaker of the state House.

"With respect to how the department will look at voting rights issues is with a view toward protecting the right to vote," Lynch said. "Certainly, all voter ID laws are not problematic."

She continued that, given how important voting rights were, if an issue is raised with a law, the Department of Justice has an obligation to review it.

In his statement Thursday, Tillis said he also took issue with Lynch's support for President Barack Obama's immigration polices and her failure to commit to doing away with "partisan politicization" of the department.

"For these reasons, I will not be voting to confirm Ms. Lynch. In the event that she is confirmed by the Senate, I stand ready to work with her on key areas of agreement, and I hope she will prove my concerns unfounded by rebuilding the Department of Justice’s fractured relationship with Congress, put an end to the costly and politically motivated ligation against North Carolina, and most importantly, restore the Department’s reputation for legal integrity that is divorced from politics," Tillis wrote.

The committee's 12-8 vote sends Lynch's nomination to the full Senate.


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  • Russ Mason Mar 2, 2015
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    I can't say that I blame you for voting no, Senator Tillis. I am not impressed whenever someone is asked a question, and they give a run-around, non-answer. I am reminded of the two televised NC Senatorial candidates debates that I watched last year, where you would not answer the questions posed to you by the moderators. And, when the moderators had to ask you to clarify your answers to the questions on multiple occasions, you failed to answer a second time, so for that reason, Senator Tillis I couldn't bring myself to vote for you. Now, you don't want to vote for Lynch because she did the same thing that you did. How awful. Would you say this is ironic? Or just plain hypocrisy?

  • Carol Smith Mar 1, 2015
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    omg...and you don't think Till is and Berger were oppressive?!!!

  • Carol Smith Mar 1, 2015
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    Go away, Tillis. You've done enough damage to NC. Your excuse is lame.

  • Fred Holt Feb 28, 2015
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    I'm just not sure Thom Tillis loves America. I never hear him saying it like other good republicans do.

  • Jeff DeWitt Feb 28, 2015
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    I'm not a big fan of Tillis but he was absolutely right to oppose this woman.

    No doubt if she is confirmed she will maintain the high standards of dishonesty, corruption and lawlessness set by her predecessor.

  • Jeff Herring Feb 28, 2015
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    senator fecalhands strikes again

  • Eric Peters Feb 27, 2015
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    So much for the proud tradition of supporting home state nominees for the Cabinet. Tillis is a trivial person for making this excuse to vote down Ms. Lynch. It's like he was personally offended because she didn't toe the NC Republican party line on this matter. As another poster mentioned, Ms. Lynch is an honorable and well qualified candidate, and deserves a vote regardless of party. Tillis is no US Senator. He still thinks he works in the NC Legislature.

  • Steve Lancaster Feb 27, 2015
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    The Senator is doing what is was elected to do , that is to protect the people of NC from Obama`s Rule!!!!

  • Walter Smirth Feb 27, 2015
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    Unfortunately Tillis is frivolous. He's afraid his signature law to oppress voting rights might be overturned. He continues to refer to it as an ID law but he knows better. The law continues to have many more provisions that oppose Democratic votes. Is Tillis a patriot? Not likely.

  • Fred Holt Feb 27, 2015
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    Well sheriff Taylor always did try to tell Earnest T that throwing rocks was not a good way to get your point across. Thom T and Earnest T are pretty much peas in a pod.