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Blocked by Rubio, Miami-Dade judicial nominee now asked to withdraw



Rep. Frederica Wilson says she will urge Miami-Dade Circuit Court Judge William Thomas to remove himself from consideration for the U.S. District Court.

The reason is simple: Thomas does not have the support of Sen. Marco Rubio and cannot get confirmed. Rather than prolong the pain, Wilson said she will approach Thomas with members of the legal community and ask him to withdraw.

"I'm saddened," Wilson, D-Miami, said in an interview this afternoon. "I have known him forever and I have never known anything he should be ashamed of. But I don't want to dig and dig and dig and hurt him."

The block on Thomas, who is black and openly gay, has stirred controversy and questions. Rubio has cited his decisions in some high-profile cases, but Thomas' defenders have rebutted those reasons.

Sen. Charles Grassley has been involved in the hold. A spokeswoman told the Buzz in late September that the Iowa Republican shared Rubio's concerns but also said he "concerns with issues raised in the background investigation." She would not elaborate.

"He's a young man. He can apply again," Wilson said.

[Last modified: Wednesday, November 13, 2013 3:55pm]


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