Toomey used Senate tradition to block an Obama Pa. judicial pick. GOP leaders won't give Casey the same deference
Against the backdrop of a looming Supreme Court fight, a less visible battle in the judicial wars is playing out over a conservative Western Pennsylvania attorney. Senate Republicans are poised on Thursday to break with tradition and advance David Porter for a seat on the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, despite objections from one of his home state senators, Democrat Bob Casey. Two years ago, GOP leadership allowed Pennsylvania's Republican senator, Pat Toomey, to use his home state privilege to stop one of President Barack Obama's nominees to the same circuit.
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