Congressman John Lewis is one of the last living icons from the civil rights movement and on Monday, Lewis announced his opposition to President Obama’s conservative judicial nominee.
Obama’s nominee, Michael Boggs, a social conservative, is opposed to gay rights and abortion rights. Boggs is also a Confederate sympathizer who voted to keep the Confederate insignia on the Georgia state flag while he was a Georgia legislator.
Lewis says Boggs “is in direct opposition to everything I have stood for during my career.” Boggs is so right wing that he went so far as to support legislation requiring that abortion doctors post their names online as well as the number of abortions they’d performed.
John Lewis on Monday said his life’s work is in direct opposition to Boggs, who President Obama has nominated for a lifetime post on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia.
“I have worked tirelessly to rid Georgia, the South, and this nation from the stain of racial discrimination in any form, including the display of Confederate emblems in the Georgia state flag,” he said. “I am not about to change that position now.”
Lewis had remained quiet as of late, leading some to believe that he may’ve changed his initial position on the Boggs nomination, but his statement on Monday made clear that he is still opposed to Boggs.
Even Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is opposing the Boggs nomination, as are members of the Congressional Black Caucus, leading many to wonder why the Obama administration went so far out on a limb to support a conservative nominee.