Honorable Mary Landrieu
Senate Office Building
the full Senate finally considers the nomination of Miguel Estrada
to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, I am writing
on behalf of the Center for Individual Freedom to urge you to stand
by a campaign commitment you made to tens of thousands of Spanish-speaking
your 2002 re-election campaign, a radio ad, spoken in Spanish and
paid for by "Friends of Mary Landrieu," specifically and
prominently stated that you "supported the candidacy of the
Honduran Miguel Estrada for the Federal Court of Appeals."
To refresh your memory, the ad (translated into English) reads,
in part, as follows:
Landrieu has worked close to the Hispanic Community...."
LANDRIEU ALSO SUPPORTED THE CANDIDACY OF THE HONDURAN MIGUEL ESTRADA
FOR THE FEDERAL COURT OF APPEALS. (emphasis added)
Landrieu, has always been close to our community, she has grown,
socialized and worked along our side.
announcement paid for by: Friends of Mary Landrieu."
according to a February 7 Times-Picayune article, you are
withholding your decision on Estrada's nomination despite being
"impressed with Estrada's intellect and his personal story
of rising to an Ivy League education and top government and private
legal jobs after coming to the United States from Honduras [as]
several of your colleagues, led by Charles Schumer (D-NY) and Patrick
Leahy (D-VT), are threatening a filibuster to derail Miguel Estrada's
vote an unprecedented, partisan tactic that, according to
a February 6 Roll Call article, you initially opposed: "I
would not be involved in a filibuster. I would either be for or
against him." Later the same day, according to the same article,
you developed an "open mind" toward a filibuster against
which is it?
blatantly deceive your constituents in an attempt to court Hispanic
votes is disgraceful!
Louisiana colleague, Senator John Breaux, has risen above the partisan
brinksmanship that has held Miguel Estrada's nomination hostage
for an astonishing 643 days, and counting. Senator Breaux
has announced he will oppose a filibuster and any other obstructionist
delay tactic that serves to shirk the full Senate's constitutional
responsibility to Estrada's nomination. As promised, you should
do the same.
Estrada, who is slated to be the first Hispanic ever to serve the
D.C. Circuit, deserves, and the constitution requires, an unobstructed
yea-or-nay vote by all 100 Senators. To support further obstructionist
parliamentary delay tactics against Estrada's confirmation is to
abuse your "advise and consent"role in the process. Worse,
it's lying to your constituents for the ultimate political gain
Sr. Vice President,