Reid: Heller holds cards on Cadish nomination

U.S. Sen. Harry Reid today said fellow Sen. Dean Heller has not shared with him the reasons Heller is refusing to allow the nomination of District Court Judge Elissa Cadish to move forward. But, Reid added, without Heller’s support, the nomination cannot go before the Judiciary Committee for a vote.

Heller has blocked Cadish’s nomination by refusing to sign a “blue slip,” a form that indicates the senator has no objections to a nomination being considered by the Judiciary Committee. (Signing the form does not mean the senator concurs with the candidate, only that he has no objections to a vote being held.)

Reid said the blue-slip tradition has been in place as long as he’s served in the Senate. “It’s always been done that way,” he said. “That’s the way it’s been since I’ve been here.”

Heller has refused to publicly state his objections to Cadish’s nomination, even when directly asked. But Cadish’s answer to a 2008 judicial survey question on gun rights is thought to be behind Heller’s recalcitrance.

Reid said that Heller has not told him why he objects to Cadish. But Reid did acknowledge that he’d shared a letter Cadish wrote to him explaining her gun-rights answer with Heller. That hasn’t appeared to change Heller’s mind.

Reid ignored a question from a reporter about whether he was aware of the 2008 questionnaire when he suggested Cadish as a judicial nominee. But it seems clear that he did not: Her March 22 letter explaining her gun-rights answer was dated well after President Barack Obama formally nominated her to the bench in Feburary. In the March letter, she indicates that Reid’s office had asked for clarification about the 2008 questionnaire, which suggests it did not come up as she was being vetted for the job.





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5 Responses to “Reid: Heller holds cards on Cadish nomination”

  1. Chandler Chandler says:

    Judge Cadish is a brilliant jurist. She is young. She can wait for Berkley to sign the blue slip. No big whoop.

  2. Steve says:

    That assumes Berkley will be able to sign that blue slip.

  3. Steve says:

    I think your find on Politico is a much more likely answer as to Heller blocking Cadish. Reid blocking money. Reid holds the greenbacks normally available to an incumbent. This is a move right up Reids alley. Harry, as you well know, never pulls a punch.

  4. Very possible, Steve. Another theory advanced today: Heller as proxy for someone else in his caucus who is feuding with Reid over something else. But if either are true, it’s even worse, since it means Heller is willing to exact political revenge by leaving open a seat that’s been declared a judicial emergency. That would not speak well to his qualifications.

    But again, the bottom line is, by his silence, Heller is encouraging speculation to run rampant. He needs to explain himself, and do it right away.

  5. Steve says:

    “encouraging speculation to run rampant”

    Nailed it.

    Still not enough to make me vote Berkley but it sure opens the door.

    Also hurts my already poor impression of Reid, too bad it was Angle, Harry would have been retired now with any of the other options. But if memory serves Harry had large influence in just who got to the finals in that primary.