Sen. Ben Sasse has urged his fellow members of the Senate Judiciary Committee to consider the broad support for Omaha attorney Steve Grasz in Nebraska as they consider whether to recommend the Senate confirm his nomination to the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
"Nebraskans of all partisan and ideological stripes have stood up in defense of Steve's nomination," Sasse said in a written statement filed with the committee.
The nomination by President Donald Trump has attracted wide national attention in the wake of the American Bar Association's assessment that Grasz is "not qualified" for the position, citing concerns about whether he could separate his personal views from his role as a judge.
Sasse said he was "shocked and disappointed" by the ABA rating.
Grasz's record, including his years as chief deputy attorney general in Nebraska, make his qualifications clear, Sasse said.
"But it is the breadth and depth of Steve's support from his fellow Nebraskans that make him stand out as a particularly impressive choice for this seat," the senator argued.
Sasse cited endorsements that included statements from former Democratic Sen. Ben Nelson and Deborah Gilg, who had been U.S. attorney for Nebraska under the Obama administration.
"When faced with the choice of whether to trust the ABA's completely unverifiable claims produced by its biased, black-box process, or the considered judgment of the hundreds of Nebraskans of all viewpoints and backgrounds who have taken a stand in support of Steve Grasz, there is no doubt in my mind that I trust my fellow Nebraskans," Sasse told the committee.