Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear (D) called on the White House to drop President Joe Biden’s planned judicial nomination of Chad Meredith, an anti-abortion conservative, during a Thursday press briefing.
“It’s been a long time,” Beshear said. “And now they should tell us it’s going to be cancelled. »
The Democratic governor told reporters he would not stop protesting the Biden administration’s plan.
“You can expect that in all conversations about this, I will continue to tell them this is not an acceptable nomination, and I and the rest of Kentucky will oppose it,” he said.
The Louisville Courier Journal noted Beshear has yet to mention Meredith’s anti-abortion stance while chastising the “indefensible” nomination, including Thursday.
Instead, the governor has focused his criticism on Meredith’s involvement in the controversial pardons of former Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin (R) while he served as the governor’s GOP deputy general counsel.
“The fact that this individual assisted former Governor Bevin with the worst abuse or abuse of governorship — certainly in my life — should be disqualifying,” Beshear said Thursday.
Beshear’s comments came two days after his office released the White House emails informing him that Biden would be tapping Meredith to serve on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky.
The first email from the White House, sent on June 23, said Biden would appoint Meredith the next day – the day the Supreme Court was dismantled Roe vs. Wade.
The second email, sent on June 29, told Beshear’s office that the previous email was “pre-disposition and privileged information.”
The governor’s office initially refused to deliver the messages when the Louisville Courier Journal requested them under the Open Archives Act. It is unclear why Beshear changed his mind when releasing the emails.
Kentucky officials have suggested the jaw-dropping nomination is part of a deal, albeit unconfirmed, between Biden and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY). The Republican Senate leader reportedly promised not to block the president’s other federal nominations in return.
Specifically, according to Slate, in exchange for Meredith’s lifetime judicial appointment, McConnell would have agreed not to block Biden’s choices for U.S. attorney in the state.
The White House flatly declined to comment on the nomination and whether Biden planned to follow it amid fury from fellow Democrats and abortion rights advocates.
McConnell has been equally tight-lipped on the matter.