On Feb. 22, FellowshipOfMinds called for impeaching Obama for bribery.
Two Democrats, Pennsylvania Congressman Joe Sestak and former Colorado state House Speaker Andrew Romanoff said the Obama White House offered both jobs in exchange for their agreeing to abandon their respective plans to challenge Arlen Specter and Michael Bennet in upcoming Democrat party primaries. This is in violation of 18 USC Sec. 211 — Bribery, Graft and Conflicts of Interest: Acceptance or solicitation to obtain appointive public office.
We now reiterate our call.
Desperate to get his healthscare bill passed, Obama is trying to purchase undecided Rep. Jim Matheson (D-Utah)’s vote with a judgeship for Matheson’s brother. At a minimum, Obama should be investigated for bribery. That is the job of the Senate — where Republicans now have more muscle because the election of Scott Brown (Mass.) ended the Democrats’ 60-vote majority.
A big h/t to beloved FellowshipOfMinds member Doc’s Wife!
Obama names brother of undecided House Dem to Appeals Court.
By John McCormack – March 3, 2010
Tonight, Barack Obama will host ten House Democrats who voted against the health care bill in November at the White House; he’s obviously trying to persuade them to switch their votes to yes. One of the ten is Jim Matheson of Utah. The White House just sent out a press release announcing that today President Obama nominated Matheson’s brother Scott M. Matheson, Jr. to the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.
“Scott Matheson is a distinguished candidate for the Tenth Circuit court,” President Obama said. “Both his legal and academic credentials are impressive and his commitment to judicial integrity is unwavering. I am honored to nominate this lifelong Utahn to the federal bench.”
Scott M. Matheson, Jr.: Nominee for the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
Scott M. Matheson currently holds the Hugh B. Brown Presidential Endowed Chair at the S.J. Quinney College of Law, University of Utah, where he has been a member of the faculty since 1985. He served as Dean of the Law School from 1998 to 2006. He also taught First Amendment Law at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government from 1989 to 1990.
While on public service leave from the University of Utah from 1993 to 1997, Matheson served as United States Attorney for the District of Utah. In 2007, he was appointed by Governor Jon Huntsman to chair the Utah Mine Safety Commission. He also worked as a Deputy County Attorney for Salt Lake County from 1988 to 1989. Prior to joining the University faculty, Matheson was an associate attorney from 1981 to 1985 at Williams & Connolly LLP in Washington, D.C.
Matheson was born and raised in Utah and is a sixth generation Utahn. He received an A.B. from Stanford University in 1975, an M.A. from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar, and a J.D. from Yale Law School in 1980.
So, Scott Matheson appears to have the credentials to be a judge, but was his nomination used to buy off his brother’s vote?