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Judge nominee waits

On the campaign trail a year before his re-election bid, U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., keeps talking about what he’s doing for Pennsylvanians. But he forgets to mention one thing: blocking his own judicial nominee.

Toomey is withholding his so-called “blue slip” from the Judiciary Committee to prevent Butler County Judge and district judge nominee Marilyn Horan from advancing.

The committee won’t let any nominee move forward until it has blue slips — they’re literally blue pieces of paper that reflect a senator’s support — from both of a nominee’s home-state senators. Pennsylvania’s other senator, Democrat Bob Casey, turned in his blue slip months ago. But nothing from Toomey.

The weird part is that Toomey supports Horan. He and Casey recommended her to President Barack Obama, who formally nominated her to the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania.

Senator, speed the process for judicial nominee Horan.

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