|Jeff Mateer may not get to be a federal judge after all.|
I think the GOP is starting to recognizing the severity of its problems under the Trump Administration - problems which will exacerbate to their worst should Roy Moore win the Alabama senatorial election this evening.
And a recent request from Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, to Trump gives further proof of this.
From The Hill:
Grassley told CNN that he urged Trump and the White House to rethink the nominations of Jeff Mateer and Brett Talley.
"I've advised the White House they ought to reconsider," Grassley said to CNN. "I would advise the White House not to proceed."
Mateer, whom Trump nominated to become a federal judge in Texas, has faced criticism for a series of 2015 speeches on religion and homosexuality. In those remarks, he described transgender children as part of “Satan’s plan,” compared homosexuality to bestiality and advocated for gay conversion therapy.
Critics called Mateer's September nomination to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas "a gift to anti-LGBT activists." His nomination has yet to receive committee approval.