“Mitt Romney deeply understands that the rule of law and the integrity of our courts are essential components of our nation’s strength and must be preserved. He will nominate judges who faithfully adhere to the Constitution’s text, structure, and history and he will carry out the duties of President as a zealous defender of the Constitution. We fully support Mitt Romney’s campaign and look forward to working with other members of the committee as we advise him on today’s pressing legal issues.”
So say the three chairmen of 2012 GOP candidate Mitt Romney’s newly announced justice advisory committee, as reported by the Washington Post:
“The team of 63 lawyers, co-chaired by conservative legal scholar Robert Bork, will advise the Romney campaign on constitutional and judicial matters, law enforcement and homeland security, and regulatory issues.”
In a statement announcing the advisory committee’s release, Romney said:
“Our nation needs a Congress and an Executive branch that are cognizant of the bounds of their powers and a judiciary that will strictly construe the Constitution and refuse to legislate from the bench."
"I am proud and honored to have the support of an extraordinary group of attorneys and legal scholars. Their deep experience and wisdom will be invaluable as we address the constitutional and legal issues facing the nation.”
According to CNN:
“Bork is known as a staunch advocate for "originalism," a principle that defends the original intent of the Constitution and opposes changes or amendments to the document. Reagan nominated Bork as a Supreme Court Justice in 1987, only to have the nomination fall apart in a contentious confirmation battle after left-leaning groups opposed Bork's conservative judicial philosophies. The committee also includes as co-chairs Harvard law professor and former ambassador to the Holy See Mary Ann Glendon and former chairman of the Federal Communications Commission Richard Wiley.”
Another member of the team will be former US Homeland Security Cheif Michael Chertoff. Chertoff was the second Homeland Security Secretary, serving under both Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama. He was also a federal appeals court judge and an assistant U.S. Attorney General.
This news even has a bit of an Iowa spin to it, according to the Iowa Independent:
"The formation of the committee could play well among some voters in Iowa, specifically from social and religious Conservatives who feel the Iowa Supreme Court has overstepped its Constitutional boundaries in the last few years, particularly in the 2009 ruling of Varnum v. Brien, which legalized same-sex marriage in Iowa."
Mitt Romney, in announcing this committee, with members such as these, should go along way to assuage the fears of his critics, who think he'll appoint "activist" judges, who legislate from the bench.
It's also further evidence, Romney, while keeping a lower public profile, is nevertheless hard at work in his campaign.
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