Two popular Democratic senators are challenging a federal judicial nominee because he's a member of the Knights of Columbus. No need to look any further than Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) and Mazie Hirono (D-HI) who are angry about an Omaha-based lawyer and went after him as part of the Senate Judiciary Committee's review of him being nominated by President Donald Trump to be part of the U.S. District Court in Nebraska. His name is Brian Buescher and the two Democrats appear concerned about him being in the Knights of Columbus (KOC). Either they are truly concerned or they're just looking for more ways to tear down anyone who Trump picks for anything.
He was asked by Hirono if his membership with the KOC would prevent him from hearing cases "fairly and impartially" as a judge, and if he would end his membership with the KOC if he was confirmed
Fox News stated, “The Knights of Columbus has taken a number of extreme positions,” Hirono said in the questionnaire. “For example, it was reportedly one of the top contributors to California’s Proposition 8 campaign to ban same-sex marriage.”
In his response, Buescher argued that the Knights of Columbus’ official positions on issues do not represent every one of the group’s members and said he would recuse himself from hearing cases where he saw a conflict of interest.
“The Knights of Columbus does not have the authority to take personal political positions on behalf of all of its approximately two million members,” Buescher wrote. “If confirmed, I will apply all provisions of the Code of Conduct for United States Judges regarding recusal and disqualification.”
Kamala Harris called the KOC "an all-male society" and asked if Buescher was aware that the KOC was anti-abortion and anti-gay marriage. She mentioned that at least one other member of KOC said abortion was basically the murdering of "innocent on a massive scale" and wanted to know if the judicial nominee agreed with that.
Fox News continued, "Buescher responded that his involvement in the group consisted mostly of charitable work and community events at his local Catholic parish. He indicated he would abide by judicial precedent regarding abortion."
Kathleen Blomquist chimed in. She's a spokesperson for the Knights of Columbus. She tore down the questions by Hirono and Harris and basically made them seem like they are anti-Catholic based on the rhetoric they were using.
Blomquist stated, “Our country’s sad history of anti-Catholic bigotry contributed to the founding of the Knights of Columbus, and we are proud of the many Catholics who overcame this hurdle to contribute so greatly to our country... We were extremely disappointed to see that one’s commitment to Catholic principles through membership in the Knights of Columbus—a charitable organization that adheres to and promotes Catholic teachings—would be viewed as a disqualifier from public service in this day and age.”
Was this two Democratic senators trying to tear down a future judge just because he was nominated by President Donald Trump and he might have views that are not the same as theirs?
Or were they seriously concerned about his decision making skills?
You decide. Tell me in the comments.