Democratic senator drops opposition to Obama judicial nominee
January 13th, 2012
05:52 PM ET

Democratic senator drops opposition to Obama judicial nominee

(CNN) –Sen. Robert Menendez is finally giving the go ahead to one of President Obama’s high profile judicial appointments, ending the New Jersey Democrat’s showdown with his own party that some attributed to a personal grudge.

In a statement released Friday, Menendez said he was dropping his opposition to Judge Patty Shwartz’s nomination to the Third Circuit Court of Appeals. Obama nominated Shwartz to the prestigious court nearly three months ago. Menendez, who as Shwartz’s home-state senator has the power block her nomination, originally expressed concerns with Shwartz’s understanding of certain areas of campaign finance law following an initial meeting with her.

But supporters of Shwartz suspected Menendez was actually motivated by a personal grudge with Shwartz’s longtime boyfriend, a federal prosecutor who investigated Menendez in 2006 over suspicion of corruption. No charges were filed but the investigation threatened to imperil Menendez’s Senate campaign that year.

Menedez’s office strongly denied the holdup of Shwartz was at all related to her boyfriend, insisting that the senator was instead concerned she wasn’t suitable for a post on the powerful Third Circuit.

But following intense media pressure, Menendez agreed to meet with Shwartz a second time Friday, during which the current district court judge appears to have allayed Menendez’s concerns over her legal suitability.

“Judge Shwartz satisfactorily answered questions covering important legal topics such as current law on the rights of corporations under the First Amendment, constitutional limits on Executive Branch power and the application of heightened standards of review under the Constitution,” Menendez said in a statement.

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soundoff (40 Responses)
  1. Ed FL

    I see the CNN hispanic Censors are at work not like the truth do you.

    January 13, 2012 at 7:32 pm |
    • 1FreeWorld

      Randy Rhodes is,,,, Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha,,,

      One of my,,, Ha ha ha ha,,,

      Most ,,, Ha Ha Ha Ha,,,

      Most exact

      PERFECT example,,,

      HA HA HA HA,,,,
      A Saul Alynski

      HA HA HA HA HA,,,

      Taking after,
      HA HA HA HA HA,,,
      the humor of ,,,, HA Ha ha ha ha,,,

      Michelle Obama!

      AND Michelle is not a Funny Person!

      HA ha ha ha ha...
      About a Year Ago,,,, ha ha ha,,,

      Randy Rhodes was talking about Gold, on a Commercial,,, on her ha ha ha, Radio Show....

      She did not know why Gold was so important,,,,
      Neither do all the Librerals/Progressives/Commies and Socialist.

      Randy, the last couple of times I have listened to her,,, is talking Private Parts!

      Ha ha ha ha ha.

      I have a good one for you,,,,

      whouseHinee 2012!

      Ha ha ha!!!

      January 13, 2012 at 9:28 pm |
      • HenryB

        Wow, you are clever aren't you. Perhaps not too bright but funny in a stoopid (sp) kind of way.

        January 13, 2012 at 9:56 pm |
      • Noodle Nose Johnson

        I see the meds are kicking in. Please go lie down and do not operate any heavy machinery.

        January 14, 2012 at 12:39 pm |
      • joep199

        Don't worry. The nice men in the white coats will be here soon to take you to a quiet room.

        January 14, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
      • 1FreeWorld

        It is really interesting that folks here have never heard of Randi Rhodes.

        If you have listened to her, you would agree that what I typed above is about an exact quote of Ms. Rhodes!

        She will say a couple of words while laughing,
        then laugh, then say a couple of more words while laughing,
        then laugh some more,

        But, she is the dumb one.
        She and Al Gore are good friends, two peas in a pod.

        And to see what the Liberals are saying about my IMITATION of RANDI RHODES,,,

        Cracks me up!

        They are slamming Randi Rhodes!

        Go figure!

        I mean, HA HA HA,,,, the Libs are,,,
        HA HA ha ha,,, Slamming Randi,,,,
        HA HA HA,,, Rhodes and her private parts!

        Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha,,,, Go Figure,,,, Ha Ha HA,,,

        An inconvient truth (wink)!


        You can hear a little of her laugh in this vid,
        but you have to listen to the Sot
        Live to really get her,,,,
        ha ha ha,,, NASTY HUMOR!

        January 14, 2012 at 6:50 pm |
      • 1FreeWorld

        Randi Is also advertising the Purchase of Gold on her radio broadcasts,,,,

        She cannot tell you why Gold is such a good investment now,
        nor why it is important, ever ,,,

        But all of you POOR PEOPLE listening to her show,,, ha ha ha ,,,,

        Better start BUYING GOLD NOW! ,,, Good One Randi!,,, ha ha ha,,,,

        (if it fits INTO
        YOUR Investment Strategy)!!!!

        Where is Weiner when you need him!!!

        NEW YORK – – – WAKE UP!

        January 14, 2012 at 7:15 pm |
      • Dan5404

        Never heard of Rhandi Rhodes.

        January 15, 2012 at 4:04 pm |
  2. Thomas

    About time Sen. Robert Menendez .

    January 13, 2012 at 7:55 pm |
  3. racegirl1

    Senator can you be any more small minded?

    January 13, 2012 at 8:15 pm |
    • 1FreeWorld

      Randi Rhodes is talking about Pen-is-es.... HA HA HA HA...

      She Talks a lot about her TUBES and U-ter-us....

      She has never said,,,,, HA HA HA
      anything,,, ha ha ha,,,
      about LOLOLOL
      i mean about,,,, I am killing myself!

      Antoinettes TUBES or V-Jay-J!
      BO's Raw-Dog,,,,

      Ha ha ha ha,,,

      Randi Rhodes is so funny NOT!

      Liberals are so Nasty!

      They like their Coffee Black and waiting for the

      Ha ha ha,,,

      Make me wommit!

      January 13, 2012 at 9:59 pm |
      • Tim CA

        Are you drunk???

        January 14, 2012 at 4:05 am |
      • jean2009

        No, Tim CA he is just a teepitty idiot who has swilled too much poison tea.

        January 14, 2012 at 12:19 pm |
      • 1FreeWorld


        Check it out,,,

        I have been busted! ha ha ha,,,,

        Well,,, ha ha ha,,,

        The Liberals do not like having folks pea down thier legs and tell them that it is raining! HA HA HA!

        I am not Randi, the Russians are Randy!

        January 14, 2012 at 7:21 pm |
      • papanez

        Here's a novel idea, Mr. Free World, bring up something relevant, OK?

        January 16, 2012 at 8:50 am |
  4. Tyler Durden

    These sound like issues a REPUBLICAN would be concerned about!!!
    "Judge Shwartz satisfactorily answered questions covering important legal topics such as current law on the rights of corporations under the First Amendment, constitutional limits on Executive Branch power and the application of heightened standards of review under the Constitution."

    January 13, 2012 at 8:32 pm |
  5. NeeCee

    When is this guy leaving? I don't consider him ah true democrats he's suppose to support the president and his party! That's why washington is ah mess with senators like this guy!

    January 13, 2012 at 9:53 pm |
    • J.V.Hodgson

      Is this representative or Senator a lawyer? If not automatically Obama's nominee is more qualified as a judge to speak on an obiter dicta basis than Menendez ever will be.
      That one person in a state can hold up a presidential appointment irrespective of party is why we have so much gridlock in the system. So term limits seems like a good idea and avoids the necessity for so many useless costly delays in having a fully staffed government.
      We need much less people to be subject to senate oversight ... and approval Just security checks and qualifications for the job.

      January 14, 2012 at 2:22 am |
    • Lizzie

      So if he does not step in line, then he all over sudden becomes an undesirable.

      January 16, 2012 at 12:04 pm |
      • 1FreeWorld


        Agenda: Grinding America Down

        "Agenda is the most powerful expose of the communist, socialist, progressive attempt to take over America produced so far."
        -Ted Baehr, Movieguide

        "Best of Festival" at the 2010 San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival

        When Idaho legislator Curtis Bowers wrote a "Letter to the Editor" about the drastic changes in America's culture, it became the feature story on the evening news, people protested at the capitol, and for weeks the local newspapers were filled with responses. He realized then that he'd hit on something.

        It's not just another conspiracy theory. It's a well-documented agenda.

        Ask almost anyone and you will hear, "Communism is dead! The Berlin wall came down." But although the word "communism" has fallen out of favor, Marxism continues to have a powerful influence upon our nation, as this new film quickly reveals. Join Bowers for a fascinating look at the people and groups that have successfully targeted America's morality and freedom in their effort to grind America down.

        Just wondering if anybody here has seen the movie????

        Looks like it might give us insite into the Liberals.

        Any Liberals here see the movie yet?

        January 16, 2012 at 7:35 pm |
  6. Rick McDaniel

    Democrats are supposed to be brainless robots marching to Obama's orders. What happened?

    January 13, 2012 at 11:22 pm |
    • Tschrny Wolf

      RICK MCDANIIEL: nope, rather it is rich ultra rightists who can afford taking drugs and come here to hallucinate 🙂

      January 16, 2012 at 1:36 am |
    • m

      Menendez is a brainless robot. When they were passing out brains he heard trains and left the station.

      January 16, 2012 at 1:41 am |
  7. Charlotte

    @Rickypoo McDanielburger, it ain't Dems that are brainless bots. Everyone has known for a couple of decades, that honor belongs solely to Rethugs. And yet this year they seem to be less assimilated than usual. Can it be? Are they becoming actual human beings?

    January 13, 2012 at 11:38 pm |
    • jean2009

      Oh Charlotte, it is just a temporary illusion that Rethugliklans are self-thinkers, watch them morph into perfect little mindless bots behind their candidates.

      January 14, 2012 at 12:24 pm |
      • 1FreeWorld


        You have stamina!

        BUT WHY?

        You want your children and grand-children to pay for the welfare of Illegals Crossing the Border?
        You want your children and grand-children to pay for Health Care for the Illegals Crossing the Border?
        You want your children and grand-children to pay for MY HEALTH CARE ???

        To pay for MY HEALTH CARE????

        (I ride on motorcycles,
        skate on roller-blades, and skate boards,
        play flag-football without a helmet,
        ride a bike in the cities,
        have sex Raw-Dogging
        live in a poor area of town,
        live close to the doctor in Connecticut that had NO GUNS TO PROTECT him where his wife and children killed by Criminals,
        have friends in Gangs that do and deliver drugs from Mexico,
        play professional football, or play college football, or high school football, or Youth Football, Basketball, Baseball,
        ride in cars without seatbelts,
        play with guns, spit-balls, bows and arrows, sling shots, rat and roach poison, bb-guns, knifes (from the kitchen, from Mexico, from the operating room),
        sit close to Gabby Giffords on a nice afternoon,
        go to State Parks where Bears Live,
        live close to Anarchists,
        eat hamburgers and french-fries,,,,err,, freedom fries, Like Michelle and Dear Leader wHouseHinee Obumer,
        go to Professional Basketball Soccor, Baseball, and Football Games (etc),
        live next to a farm that kicks up dust,
        burn raw wood in my fire place,
        burn kerosene heaters in my home,
        burn electric heaters in my home,,,,

        Might be time to Necessarily DRIVE THE PRICE of HEATING OIL and GAS
        DOWN so that I can HEAT MY HOME
        so that I can survive in this world!

        January 14, 2012 at 9:05 pm |
      • 1FreeWorld


        Here are some crazy lefties. Check it out!

        Part of the article states:

        Animal rights activists have claimed responsibility for the Sunday arson fire that heavily damaged 14 tractors and several cattle trailers at Harris Farms in Fresno County, California, according to a clearinghouse for activists.

        The Animal Liberation Front (ALF), an underground group that the FBI identifies as a domestic terrorist organization, claims to have set the fire that started just before 4 a.m. Sunday at the truck storage area at Harris Farms feedlot. In an e-mail to the Fresno Bee, Harris Farms CEO and Chairman John Harris said the company was “appalled by this senseless, but very alarming attack. I had suspected Animal Liberation Front may have been involved and now they are in fact claiming responsibility for it with multiple details.”

        For more detailed info on this Leftie Group:

        January 15, 2012 at 8:04 am |
      • Tschrny Wolf

        Republicans"self thinkers", not at all except for being obsessed by their own profits, regardless of millions of poorer and unemployed Americans. It is not self thinking as Romney would call it. Rather it is ruthless selfishness.

        January 16, 2012 at 1:41 am |
      • jean2009

        @ 1 Free Idiot
        First and foremost you are a moron to equate people who belong to any animal rights group as only being lefties. I know several very right-wing leaning people who are vegans. I'm sure the ALF is made up of a mix of other political beliefs. That being said, I find the people who agree with the basic philosophy of the animal rights groups more often hold the same ideas as those of the right-wing in the anti-abortion movement.

        January 16, 2012 at 11:04 am |
      • jean2009

        Look up Brigitte Bardot animal rights, Michael Singer of the ALF. Bardot although being an animal rights activist held very right-wing views on immigration and abortion.
        Type famous right-wing animal rights activist in your google search and you will hit the mother lode.

        January 16, 2012 at 11:20 am |
      • jean2009

        Look up Bardot's husband Bernard d' Ormale and his connect to the French National Front Party (Nazi movement).

        January 16, 2012 at 11:38 am |
      • jean2009

        This quote from Vanity Fair in 2004 about Bardot.
        "She still lives in La Madrague, with nine dogs, 40 cats, horses, and husband Bernard d'Ormale, an executive in Jean-Marie Le Pen's far-right National Front. Her love for animals is matched, it seems, only by her hatred for mankind. .".

        January 16, 2012 at 11:42 am |
  8. Joey

    This guy is supposed to march lock step with Obama and not think for himself.

    January 14, 2012 at 5:05 am |
    • joep199

      I wouldn't say what you said, but certainly shouldn't hold up an appointment because of a personal grudge.

      January 14, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
    • Tschrny Wolf

      No Joey, it is party union and closing ranks, it is party discipline too 🙂

      January 16, 2012 at 1:43 am |
    • Tschrny Wolf


      January 16, 2012 at 1:44 am |
  9. Larry K

    Love senators who think for themselves, but to have your personal feelings on a personal matter do your bidding is disgraceful. Term limits? I wonder if that may cause more outrageous behavior since there would be less to lose.

    January 14, 2012 at 10:06 am |
  10. george of the jungle

    finally the pres needs all the help he can get. About time this dem stopped acting like a repo clown and rejoined the party. The repos have enough crazyness,we don't need to follow . Look at the loonies that have written in today.

    January 14, 2012 at 10:38 am |
  11. jean2009

    This has what to do with this story?

    And how about that Rethugliklan shill Fred Thompson pushing reverse mortgages....

    What does any of this have to do with the above article...other than you wanting to show us you are crazy?

    January 16, 2012 at 12:28 pm |
    • jean2009

      Sorry George, this was meant for the Free Idiot.

      January 16, 2012 at 4:43 pm |