- The Washington Times - Monday, July 8, 2002

As once again noted in “Ex-solicitors general urge Democrats to end pursuit of Estrada's memos” (Nation, July 1), the confirmation process of D.C. Court of Appeals nominee Miguel Estrada has dragged on for more than a year. This is shameful. Furthermore, it provides Hispanics throughout the United States with a crystal clear snapshot of how the Democrat-controlled Senate Judiciary Committee values their vote.

Sen. Patrick J. Leahy's leadership as chairman of the Judiciary Committee has thus far failed to produce a confirmation hearing for Mr. Estrada. He deserves an expedited confirmation hearing now. Let his qualifications dictate whether he deserves to be appointed.

Using politics as a barometer for this issue will not bode well for those who expect to court the Hispanic vote.


GEHRIG M. SALDANA

President

Council 4496

League of United Latin American Citizens

Dallas


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