On Friday, in a 4 to 3 decision by the Virginia Supreme Court, Governor Terry McAuliffe’s use of an executive order aimed at restoring the voting rights of over 200,000 convicted felons was ruled unconstitutional. While Republicans celebrated the decision as a great victory, they seemed to ignore how close they came to nominating McAuliffe’s handpicked jurist Jane Marum Roush to a 12 year term just four months ago. Had Republicans gone forward, putting Roush on the bench, this 4-3 decision on Friday likely would have ruled in the other direction.
This is a lesson Virginians ought never forget.
On March 2nd, Jane Marum Roush was endorsed by the Republican Senate for a 12 year term on the Supreme Court just before the Republicans in the House of Delegates voted down her nomination.
Earlier in the day and with little notice, the Senate Courts of Justice Committee abruptly certified Roush.