Sen. Rand Paul blames McConnell for 'tanking' deal with Biden for anti-abortion federal judge nominee


  • Sen. Rand Paul said Mitch McConnell did not extend him the courtesy of reaching out about the planned nomination of Chad Meredith.
  • Paul did not return Meredith’s “blue slip,” which the White House cited in abandoning the planned nomination.
  • “McConnell’s to blame for tanking this because he tried to do it secretly,” Paul said.

WASHINGTON — Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., blamed Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell for the collapse of a deal with President Joe Biden to nominate a conservative, anti-abortion attorney as a federal judge in Kentucky. 

Paul accused McConnell of lacking the “courtesy” to include him in efforts for Biden to nominate Chad Meredith to fill a U.S. District Court vacancy in Kentucky’s Eastern District. As a result, Paul said he did not return Meredith’s “blue slip” to the White House, effectively killing the nomination plans. 

“McConnell’s to blame for tanking this because he tried to do it secretly,” Paul told Politico Monday

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., said Monday that Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnell did not extend him the courtesy of reaching out about a planned nomination of a conservative attorney for a federal judgeship in Kentucky.

Paul’s remarks exposed a rift between Kentucky’s two Republican U.S. senators that spoiled a rare opportunity to get a conservative attorney nominated for a lifetime judicial appointment by a Democratic president. 

“I support Chad Meredith and supported him when he was considered for a different position. I think he would make a good judge,” Paul said in a written statement. “Unfortunately, instead of communicating and lining up support for him, Senator McConnell chose to cut a secret deal with the White House that fell apart.”

More:Biden abandons plan to nominate anti-abortion, GOP federal judge who McConnell pushed

Traditionally, home-state senators return what’s known as a “blue slip” to indicate support for federal nominees for district judges. Republicans abandoned the “blue slip” practice for appeals court judges during the Trump administration but kept it for district court judges. Democrats have kept the same practice. 


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