On This Day In 1970: Hruska Links Judge To 'Mediocre' : It's All Politics March 16, 1970:

On This Day In 1970: Hruska Links Judge To 'Mediocre'

March 16, 1970:

In 1970, Carswell sought a Senate seat in Florida but lost the GOP primary. hide caption

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As the Senate is in the process of debating the nomination of Judge G. Harrold Carswell as an Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court -- to fill the seat vacated by Abe Fortas -- Nebraska Republican Roman Hruska says in a TV interview, "Even if he [Carswell] were mediocre, there are a lot of mediocre judges and people and lawyers. They are entitled to a little representation, aren't they? We can't have all Brandeises and Frankfurters and Cardozos."

The Senate will reject Carswell's nomination on April 8 by a vote of 51-45, giving President Nixon a second consecutive setback; in 1969, it rejected Nixon's choice of Clement Haynsworth.

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