Canton Repository

July 21, 2005

Ohio senators weigh in on Roberts nomination

By Paul M. Krawzak
Copley News Service

WASHINGTON — Sen. Mike DeWine expects the Senate will confirm Judge John G. Roberts Jr., President Bush’s pick to succeed U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, barring surprises.

“I would expect to vote for him barring something that we just don’t know about,” added DeWine, R-Ohio, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee. “I think he’s going to be confirmed.”

The state’s other Republican senator, George Voinovich, also seemed to favor Roberts though he was not saying how he would vote.

“I look forward to a timely confirmation process and the confirmation of a fair and well qualified judge,” Voinovich said in a statement.

DeWine, a supporter of Roberts in the past, expects to sit down with the nominee next week. Roberts is making the rounds with key senators, and on Wednesday called DeWine’s office to request a meeting.

When Bush nominated Roberts to the U.S. Appeals Court for the District of Columbia in 2003, DeWine joined the majority of the Republican controlled Judiciary Committee in recommending his approval to the Senate. The Senate confirmed Roberts without opposition.

DeWine, one of 14 senators who brokered a bipartisan deal to avoid filibusters against Bush’s judicial nominees, is confident Roberts will get a vote before the Senate.

Voinovich said he would examine Roberts’ professional and governmental experience, judicial temperament and humility.

He also praised the White House for “reaching out to senators to learn the qualities we believe are important in a nominee.”