Granholm Says She’s on Obama’s Short ListApril 25, 2010 - 12:05 PM | by: Lee Ross
Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm (D) says she’s once again on President Obama’s short list for appointment to the Supreme Court. In an interview with CNN, the term-limited governor says she has talked with people in the Obama administration about the upcoming nomination to replace retiring Justice John Paul Stevens.
“It’s a great honor to be on — considered on the list,” said Granholm who went through this process last year with the opening that went to Sonia Sotomayor. She did not say if she’s spoken with the President who Fox News reported this past week held informal discussions with some of the people he’s considering.
Granholm, like Obama, holds a law degree from Harvard and appeals to some people who want the President to pick someone who is not currently serving as a federal appellate court judge. All nine members of the current Court were federal appellate judges before their elevation to the high court.
Granholm shares that interest saying, “I think it’s a very wise move to consider experience that is not just from the judicial monastery because — I mean not just me but Janet Napolitano, people that have applied the laws that Congress enacts, that have seen their impact on people, that — you know, I mean I’m from the most challenged state in the country. And, you know, for somebody to experience and see what everyday people are feeling and experiencing out there, I think is an important thing to consider.”
Last Wednesday, key senators including Republican leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) met with Obama and Vice President Joe Biden at the White House. On Fox News Sunday, McConnell said the president didn’t tip his hand about the pick. McConnell also passed on the opportunity to publically support someone for the lifetime appointment. He even made light of the situation saying his support would work against an endorsement. “I don’t want to eliminate somebody’s possibility of being on the Supreme Court by suggesting that I might find them a worthy selection,” McConnell said before adding, “I think it would not do them any good, put it that way.”