From an editorial Thursday in the (Greensboro) News & Record:
Thom Tillis said it was his most difficult decision in 45 days as a U.S. senator to oppose Greensboro native Loretta Lynch’s confirmation as attorney general.
It didn’t seem hard for him at all. While he made condescending comments about Lynch’s family “beaming with pride” at her confirmation hearing last month, noting “she was raised right,” he was clearly against her from the start.
“By all indications, Ms. Lynch would continue to pursue the costly and frivolous lawsuit against the state of North Carolina to overturn a common-sense and constitutionally sound voter ID law,” Tillis said in a statement issued before Thursday’s Senate Judiciary Committee meeting.
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As N.C. House Speaker, Tillis was a defendant in the lawsuit lodged by the Justice Department in response to voting law changes enacted by the legislature. It will be pursued whether Lynch replaces Attorney General Eric Holder or not. When Tillis pressed her during her confirmation hearing, Lynch made clear it was the responsibility of the Justice Department to protect citizens’ access to the ballot.
Republican Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Orrin Hatch of Utah and Jeff Flake of Arizona joined Judiciary Committee Democrats in voting for Lynch’s confirmation. The favorable vote of 12-8 will move the nomination to the Senate floor. It’s a shame that Tillis couldn’t join those 12.