Bachmann Accuses Obama Of Selling A Judgeship For Health Care Vote
Conservatives in general and Michele Bachmann in particular are up in arms about a judgeship being offered to Scott Matheson, Jr, brother of Congressman Jim Matheson of Utah. Congressman Matheson is one of 10 Democrats President Obama is trying to convince to vote for health care reform. Bachmann says there needs to be an investigation to see if Obama is trading a judgeship for a vote. The story hit the Weekly Standard last night, then Politico, right wing websites like Drudge, and then Bachmann smeared Obama with it on Larry King Live.
However, Matheson was offered the judgeship before his brother was asked to the White House, and irrespective of his vote; and a number of Republicans support him because he happens to be qualified. (via Think Progress)
“I approve of that nomination. Scott is a very fine fellow,” said Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), former chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Republican Congressman Jason Chaffetz also praised Matheson’s nomination, saying, “His distinguished scholarship as an attorney and law school dean, and his devoted public service to Utah and to the United States, make him an excellent nominee. Good choice, Mr. President. Good choice.”
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