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Monday, July 09, 2018

Bredesen/Blackburn
U.S. Senate Democratic candidate Phil Bredesen is coming under renewed fire from Republican Marsha Blackburn, who alleges the former Tennessee governor would side with fellow Democrats if elected and "attempt to block" President Donald Trump's picks for the U.S. Supreme Court. But retired Tennessee Supreme Court Chief Justice William "Mickey" Barker of Chattanooga, a Republican, said in a recent interview he believes Bredesen's assertions that he would look at judicial nominees through a nonpartisan lens. Barker pointed to then-Gov. Bredesen's 2007 appointment of Republican William Koch, a legal counsel to former Republican Gov. Lamar Alexander, to the state Supreme Court as well as Bredesen's selection of Republican Jeffrey Bivins in 2005 as a Circuit Court judge for the 21st Judicial District. Bivins was later ppointed by Bredesen's successor, Republican Gov. Bill Haslam, to the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals and later to the state Supreme Court. Bivins is now chief justice after his election by fellow justices to the post. "Gov. Bredesen appointed Bill Koch on the court when I was the chief and Bill Koch was a Republican and had been Gov. [Lamar] Alexander's counsel," Barker said. "When he says he'll appoint somebody based upon who he thinks is the best, he's telling the truth. He has." Blackburn said in a column published on a right leaning website. "They want to see a judge who shows respect for both the Constitution and the rule of law. Tennesseans, also, realize that one justice can make the difference, as last week's critical rulings have prevailed by slim margins." Bredesen said "not long ago, Senate confirmation was free of openly partisan politics" and he said if elected he would "vote for or against a nominee based solely on whether I believe them to be highly qualified and ethical, not based on partisan politics." Trump asked the right-leaning Federalist Society to provide him with the names of prospective appointees to the High Court.


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