I know Judge William Thomas and he is an outstanding man, smart, funny and charming and openly gay. I am very sad at what happened to him at the hands of Marco Rubio who refused to blue slip him for the Federal Judiciary.
As Fred Grimm said in the Miami Herald, "Rubio Stomps on judges reputation" besides killing his nomination to the federal judiciary. Grimm said:
Ovalle, who knows everything about that courthouse, insisted that Thomas is regarded as one of the hardest-working, most competent judges in the Miami-Dade criminal court division.Judge Thomas: I am so sorry. I know how proud you were to be considered for this post. You deserved it. He was rated well qualified by the Miami Dade County Bar Association.
But all this is to pretend that Rubio had some reason other than crass Tea Party politics for sabotaging Judge Thomas’ reputation and aborting the confirmation process.
As Bradford E. Brown, PhD said:
Judge Thomas was an outstanding Federal Public Defender. He also volunteered to help the Miami Dade NAACP on Legal Redress issues when I was President and did a superb job. He has received high praises for his work on the Bench.Also read South Florida Lawyers on this subject. Really good take.
Don't kid yourself, this is all about Judge Thomas being gay. I guess it was bad enough he was black, it left Rubio's head spinning. Both Senators from Florida had to approve this appointment. Rubio is such a tool.