In 2007, George W. Bush nominated Richard Honaker of Wyoming to serve as a federal judge.
Why is that important?
George Bush is no longer the president, but if the U.S. Senate had said yes to this nomination, Honaker would still be a judge. Presidents leave the White House, but the judges stay until they retire. There's no time limit for them.
We have to thank Sharon Breitweiser of NARAL Pro-Choice Wyoming for getting the ball rolling.
- Sharon reminded the public that Honaker twice pushed for legislation to ban abortion in the state.
- Honaker failed in the legislature, but then he joined with an anti-choice group to ban abortion through a ballot initiative. He lost.
Honaker tried to downplay his record. But we made sure he didn't get away with it.
- We generated 65,000 messages from activists opposing Honaker's nomination.
- We organized several Wyoming – and Washington, D.C. – based organizations against Honaker.
In November 2008, Honaker withdrew his name.