For Immediate Release
David Ogden Confirmed as Deputy Attorney General
WASHINGTON - Today the Senate voted 65-28 to confirm David Ogden as Deputy
Attorney General. People For the American Way president Kathryn Kolbert
issued the following statement:
"It's incredible to think that Senate Republicans considered
filibustering David Ogden's nomination even for a second. Ogden is a
widely respected attorney with previous Justice Department experience
and bipartisan support. But to listen to some Republicans and Religious Right leaders talk about him, you could be excused for thinking that President Obama had actually nominated Larry Flynt."
"In reality, Ogden is a seasoned lawyer and public servant whose hard work has earned him the support
of the National District Attorneys Association, Fraternal Order of
Police, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, and many
others. He is precisely the type of person we need at the helm of the
Justice Department as it tackles the many challenges facing our nation.
Fortunately a bipartisan majority of Senators saw past the smears
directed at Ogden, but the obstructionist threats and extreme rhetoric
from the most conservative Senators set a bad precedent for future
People For the American Way is dedicated to making the promise of America real for every American: Equality. Freedom of speech. Freedom of religion. The right to seek justice in a court of law. The right to cast a vote that counts. The American Way. Our vision is a vibrantly diverse democratic society in which everyone is treated equally under the law, given the freedom and opportunity to pursue their dreams, and encouraged to participate in our nation’s civic and political life. Our America respects diversity, nurtures creativity and combats hatred and bigotry.