Butterfield Statement on Thomas Farr Nomination

Nov 29, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) today released the following statement in response to the news that Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) will not support President Donald Trump’s nomination of Thomas Farr to the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina, effectively ending the potential for the controversial nominee to be confirmed by the Senate during the 115th  Congress:

“I commend Senator Scott and other Senators who took a firm stand to protect the integrity of the federal judiciary by refusing to confirm Thomas Farr. 

“Thomas Farr has continuously embraced and defended discriminatory efforts to dilute the African American vote through extreme partisan gerrymandering and the packing of Black voters into minority districts.  Farr began his career by advising and representing Senator Jesse Helms during his 1990 Senate campaign when 125,000 postcards were mailed to Black households suggesting that voters could be arrested at the polling place if there was misconduct.  Simply put, Thomas Farr was unfit to be nominated and unfit to serve as a federal judge.

“I urge President Trump to consult with the North Carolina Congressional delegation in deciding a nominee for this very important judgeship.  I will advocate for the selection of an African American judge to serve the Eastern District that will bring much needed diversity to the federal bench.  The Eastern District of North Carolina has never had an African American federal judge.”