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McConnell to oppose Obama's recommendation of U of L grad for U.S. Court of Appeals

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U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell will oppose President Obama's recommendation that a University of Louisville graduate serve on the U.S. Court of Appeals.

In a statement yesterday, Obama said Kentucky Supreme Court Justice Lisabeth Tabor Hughes has a history of handing down fair and judicious decisions. He went on to say she will be a thoughtful and distinguished addition to the Sixth Circuit.

The Princeton native graduated from U of L in 1977 and the U of L law school in 1980. She's been a Justice on the State Supreme Court since 2007.

But a spokesman for Sen. McConnell said McConnell will not support Hughes.

"Leader McConnell tried to work with the White House to fill this vacancy, including submitting a qualified Kentuckian for consideration," wrote Robert Steurer, spokesman for McConnell. "Rather than work with him to fill this vacancy, they submitted Justice Hughes without even notifying Leader McConnell. He will not support action on this nomination."

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