SENATE GOP RAMS THROUGH HASTY COURT APPOINTMENT

Less than twenty-four hours elapsed between surprise nomination and confirmation

RICHMOND — Speaking on behalf of his Democratic colleagues in the Virginia Senate, Caucus Chair Sen. Donald McEachin (D - Henrico) made the following statement on Judge Stephen R. McCullough’s confirmation to the Supreme Court:

“In failing to confirm Jane Roush, the General Assembly has cast aside a fine and dedicated public servant. Judge McCullough has big shoes to fill, and I hope he will perform his duties with the same honor and skill that she has already shown.

“Unfortunately, Republicans’ actions mean Judge McCullough will begin his service under a cloud. From the moment when his name was first put forward, McCullough’s confirmation took less than a day. He was certified in a last-minute meeting that ordinary Virginians had no chance to attend. Lawmakers and citizens had no time to properly review his record ahead of the final vote. Every aspect of this process has been rushed and opaque — unworthy of our Court and our Commonwealth.”

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