Clearly, the hate is coming – no? After all everybody knows Wendy Vitter’s only claim to fame is that she’s David Vitter’s wife, right?
Come on, Twitter. Let’s see what you’ve got. Now that the Trump administration has nominated the former senator’s wife for a federal judgeship in New Orleans the hate has to be on, right?
Vitter, whose husband David Vitter served two terms in the U.S. Senate, serves as general counsel for the Archdiocese of New Orleans. She will have to win the Senate’s approval to take the bench.
If confirmed, Vitter will be a judge on the U.S. District Court for the state’s Eastern District, based in New Orleans. Of the 15 judgeships in the New Orleans-based court, one of three federal judicial districts in the state, two are vacant.
The president also nominated Robert Summerhays to fill a vacant district court judgeship in the Western District of Louisiana.
Federal judgeships, which are lifetime appointments, are highly coveted among attorneys.
Cassidy and U.S. Sen. John Kennedy endorsed both nominations.
“Judge Robert Summerhays and Wendy Vitter both have decades of legal and trial experience that make them excellent choices for these positions,” Cassidy said in a statement. “They are part of an outstanding group of individuals that President Trump has nominated to the federal bench.”
“I am thankful for President Trump’s swift work on judgeship appointments across Louisiana,” said Kennedy. “As a member of the Judiciary Committee, I look forward to a thoughtful discussion with the nominees about their legal backgrounds, philosophies and approaches to constitutional principles. Mrs. Vitter has done very important work as a prosecutor and as legal counsel for the Archdiocese of New Orleans. Judge Summerhays is a respected member of the bench with lengthy experience overseeing legal cases.”
There really shouldn’t be much controversy over the nomination. Wendy Vitter is as qualified for that judgeship as anybody Trump could nominate. She’s a respected attorney whose position as the general counsel for the New Orleans Catholic Archdiocese puts her in position to practice a lot of different kinds of law, and she spent several years as an assistant district attorney in New Orleans with over 100 jury trials under her belt.
But as this nomination goes forward, just watch. The same people who call themselves feminists and who touted Hillary Clinton as some sort of political superstar – Hillary Clinton who failed at every single job she’s had and whose only real claim to fame was that she stuck by her philandering rapist husband – will denigrate Wendy Vitter as unqualified.
You know it’s coming. It’s damned unfortunate, because the reality is New Orleans is getting a great judge if this nomination goes through, but it’s coming.