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Court Nominee John Roberts Advised Jeb Bush on 2000 Florida Election

By July 20, 2005

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Eyebrows, and liberal hackles, were raised as facts came to light on Wednesday that the President's nominee to fill the Supreme Court vacancy, Judge John G. Roberts, Jr., personally advised Florida Governor Jeb Bush on his responsibilities under Florida law in the disputed 2000 presidential election.

According to the Dallas Mornng News, "Although his name did not appear on the briefs, three sources who were personally aware of Judge Roberts' role said he gave Republican Gov. Jeb Bush critical advice on how the Florida Legislature could constitutionally name George W. Bush the winner at a time when Republicans feared that if the recount were to continue the courts might force a different choice. "

Said Representative Robert Wexler (D-FL), "...President Bush's nomination of Judge Roberts threw salt on the wounds of the thousands of Floridians whose voting rights were disenfranchised druing the 2000 election. Judge Roberts worked to ensure that George Bush would become president---regardless of what the courts might decide."

Blogger Jerry Bowles at Best of the Blogs writes....."John G. Roberts Jr. was the 800-pound gorilla at the center of the 2000 Florida recount battle that led to Bush's selection by the Supreme Court. Payback? We insinuate. You decide."

Writes the Miami Herald this morning, "Roberts' perceived partisanship during the recount has been enough for some Democrats to suggest that his nomination should be rejected by the U.S. Senate."

Democratic anger remains alive and well over the 2000 presidential election results. We will hear much more about this.........

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