As the U.S. Senate continues its glacial pace on judicial nominations, Jimmie Reyna’s nomination finally cleared the Judiciary Committee last week. He still requires a confirmation vote by the full Senate before he can take a seat on the court. Five and a half months from nomination to Committee vote isn’t too bad.
Meanwhile, Edward DuMont’s nomination continues to languish at the Committee. Although nominated last April, he has yet to receive a confirmation hearing. One news source on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender news has begun to speculate that the hold-up might be due to Mr. DuMont’s sexual orientation. There are apparently no openly gay Federal judges. The Committee has, however, scheduled a hearing for J. Paul Oetken who was nominated to the District Court in New York City. Boths Messrs. DuMont and Oetken are openly gay.
Judiciary Committee Chair Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-NV) would only comment that Republicans are still reviewing information on Mr. DuMont. Ranking Member Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA) did not comment on the delay.