Samuel Alito Nomination Opponents Ready to Step Up Senate Lobbying

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Nov 10, 2005   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
November 10, 2005

Washington, DC ( — Pro-abortion groups and others that oppose the Supreme Court nomination of Samuel Alito say they’re ready to step up the intensity of their lobbying campaign against him. Their rekindled effort comes as some Democrats say they don’t see any reason to filibuster the nomination, the only tactic that could stop him.

"Next week, the press, the American people will begin to hear a very different story about his record, his experiences, some of the judgments he’s made," Nan Aron, president of the pro-abortion Alliance for Justice, told the Associated Press.

Alito’s nomination has been drawing more supporters in the Senate as his meets privately with lawmakers. Several Democrats who are a part of the group of 14 lawmakers that reached a compromise on filibusters earlier this year, after meeting with Alito, say they don’t plan to support a filibuster.

"I think it is unlikely, absent some new information, some bombshell that comes up in the process, that I would support a filibuster," Sen. Kent Conrad, a North Dakota Democrat, said after meeting Alito on Wednesday

Although they haven’t endorsed his nomination, their willingness to stop a filibuster would virtually guarantee Alito would serve on the high court.

Aron told AP that nominees normally get a short honeymoon and positive support after their the president makes the announcement. But she expects a "major educational process" next week as groups begin to criticize Alito’s record.

"It’s now clear given the context of this nomination there is no one worse," Aron said. "This nominee, who has anchored the extremist position on the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, is someone whose ideology does present a real problem and real questions.