Alberto Gonzales Says He’s Not a Candidate for Supreme Court

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jul 7, 2005   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Alberto Gonzales Says He’s Not a Candidate for Supreme Court

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
July 7, 2005

Washington, DC ( — President Bush could still select his Attorney General as the next Supreme Court judge, but Alberto Gonzales, who has become the most talked about potential jurist, says he’s not a candidate for the high court.

Swinging through Denver to inspect a Justice Department office there, Gonzales told the Denver Post he’s not seeking an appointment to replace outgoing pro-abortion Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.

"I’ve been asked since 2001 whether or not I’d consider going on the court, and I’ve consistently said, ‘I’m not a candidate for the Supreme Court’ — and that remains true today," Gonzales said.

"I love being attorney general. My job, currently, is to help the president make this decision," he added.

Pro-life organizations hope that will be the case. They’re worried about Gonzales’ abortion views because of a handful of decisions he cast while serving on the Texas Supreme Court which saw him allow teenage girls to have abortions.

Gonzales was ruling on a Texas parental notification law that requires abortion businesses to tell parents when their minor daughter is considering an abortion. The law has a judicial bypass provision that is normally intended to be used only in cases of child abuse.

Gonzales has also been attacked by liberal political groups on other issues and the comments about Gonzales prompted President Bush on Wednesday to ask groups to tone down the rhetoric. The president said he didn’t like it when a close personal friend like Gonzales is attacked.

"I would react the same way if I saw a friend attacked," Gonzales told the Denver Post, adding he can understand why the political battle over the appointment is so hot.

"This is an important decision, and I understand there’s a lot of pent-up anticipation," Gonzales explained. "People have been waiting for 11 years, and so people have very strong views about this. This is America, and people have the right to speak their mind. It’s all part of the process, as far as I’m concerned."

For more on a possible Gonzales nomination, see Early Supreme Court Debate Focuses on Gonzales and Abortion.