May 23rd, 2009
05:42 PM ET
10 years ago

Colorado Dems urge Obama to pick Salazar for High Court

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Ken Salazar is one of two members of the president’s cabinet who has been mentioned for the court vacancy."]

(CNN) – Colorado’s top elected Democrats are urging President Obama to look west for his Supreme Court nominee – pushing the Secretary of the Interior, native son Ken Salazar, for the opening.

Gov. Bill Ritter and Senators Mark Udall and Michael Bennett sent the letter to the White House Thursday asking Salazar be given “serious consideration for this crucial appointment”.

In the letter, they said Salazar “brings the perspective of a Westerner and one of the Hispanic community’s leading voices.” Describing his rise from “humble beginnings in Colorado’s rural San Luis Valley” to state Attorney General and senator, they tout him as a contender “who can add a new perspective to the court.”

Salazar is one of two members of the president’s cabinet who has been mentioned for the court vacancy, along with Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.

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soundoff (35 Responses)
  1. Rosie

    Hell no! He is a conservative who would probably vote with the majority of the right leaning justices.

    May 23, 2009 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  2. The Party of NO is only "pro-life" so they can kill the "babies" 18 years later as soldiers in an elective religious war!

    Salazar should loose the hat and the "cowboy" image.

    After the shrub that is NOT a good connection, kind of like Dukasis and a tank.

    May 23, 2009 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  3. Jeff W.

    I would never chhose a person who wears such a stupid hat.

    May 23, 2009 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  4. Michele

    No, this one needs to go to a woman, and there are many qualified candidates. Do not raid the new Cabinet for this pick.

    May 23, 2009 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |

    KEN SALAZAR is widely respected as a highly educated wise ,thoughtful and fair man in the SENATE and Washington and would be a excellent supreme court justice..

    May 23, 2009 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  6. Had It

    On the lighter side – he may be just what we need, but think the hat has to go – HA

    May 23, 2009 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  7. S Callahan

    Oh goodness....a woman with the last name beginning in 'S' is the right choice......

    May 23, 2009 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  8. Peter E

    The SCOTUS pick should be based on experience and competence, not race or ethnicity! The last Justice picked based on race was Clarence Thomas by Bush Sr., who has been picked to replace the retiring Thurgood Marshall. Since then Thomas turned out to be the laziest, most partisan, most incompetent judge ever on that court!

    May 23, 2009 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  9. David

    DEAR GOD! Please do not make this decision. As a Colorado resident I can tell you this would be a horrible choice.

    May 23, 2009 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  10. Craig in Williams, AZ

    The last thing we need on the highest court is another WHITE guy (and I am a white guy)

    A different point of view would be refreshing for a change....

    May 23, 2009 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
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