U.S. Rep. Bobby L. Rush Statement On The Death Of Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist
<?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />WASHINGTON (September 3, 2005) - I extend my condolences to the family of Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist. His death leaves behind 33 years on the Supreme count, and now provides a second vacancy on the countrys highest court. <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />
"This rare opportunity for President Bush comes at a time when the Senate is preparing for hearings on his nomination of John G. Roberts, Jr. to replace Sandra Day OConnor as an associate justice, as well as the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
History continues to teach us the perils of a single ideology, and I hope President Bush recognizes that its not his right, but his duty to ensure that his next appointee has a record of support, understanding and sensitivity for issues that impact mainstream America when it comes to race, class and gender.
With the Supreme Court serving as the last resort for African Americans and other underrepresented populations, it is critical that the next Supreme Court justice upholds and respects the law, rather than comply with a set political or personal agenda.
The decision of rights and freedoms of every American ends at the Supreme Court, so along with the rest of the world, I pray that President Bush has the desire for a new beginning when selecting his nominee.