"As we go out to hire people to represent us to engage them to represent us, the first thing we look for is experience. You're asking for a lifetime appointment as a trial court judge. There are many things I think you would be excellent at, your background says that. This is not one of them," Sen. Richard Durbin, Illinois Democrat, told the nominee.
"He showed inspiring courage fighting Parkinson's, often moving his broken body on the Senate floor by sheer force of will," said Sen. Richard Durbin, Illinois Democrat. "He is one of our best and I will miss him."