by Project Vote, Wed Jun 13, 2007 at 02:46:46 PM EDT
By Michael Slater
I posted yesterday on Hans von Spakovsky nomination, noting that a common theme that unifies his work "is not just that it advances his political party's interests but that it does so by impeding minorities from voting and choosing their political representatives." Now there's more evidence.
by Project Vote, Tue Jun 12, 2007 at 02:33:19 PM EDT
I've been following with interest the debate between Gerry Hebert, Bob Bauer and Brad Smith on Hans von Spakovsky's nomination to the FEC (courtesy Rick Hasen Election Law blog coverage). Mr. Hebert urges the Senate Rules Committee to reject von Spakovsky's nomination on the well-documented grounds that he has used his position as Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights to advance his partisan agenda at the expense of our nation's voting rights laws. Mr. Bauer responds by suggesting that Hebert has used stark differences of law and policy between him and von Spakovsky to infer, but not prove, personal failings on the part of the nominee that would render him unfit for the position. Hebert responds to one of Bauer's points--that he hadn't assessed von Spakovsky's performance at the FEC-- by documenting instances where von Spakovsky demonstrated bias and disrespect towards the organizations appearing before him. Mr. Smith drops Bauer's respectful tone and rebukes Hebert for suggesting that his interpretation of the law is "the law" and von Spakovsky's is "wrong."