Public Advocate's Delgaudio: If Ann Coulter had been nominated to Supreme Court, "we would have fought for her"
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In an October 3 interview on Fox News' Your World with Neil Cavuto, Eugene Delgaudio, president of conservative group Public Advocate of the United States -- which recently described the nomination of Harriet Miers to the Supreme Court as "a betrayal of the conservative, pro-family voters whose support put Bush in the White House" -- stated that if the president had nominated right-wing pundit Ann Coulter, "we would have fought for her."
Coulter, like Miers, has no experience as a judge. But she has offered up her opinions on several legal issues:
- Coulter has claimed that reporters and liberals "want it to be against the law to be a Republican, and they would like us in Guantánamo."
- Coulter has also theorized that the only way a Supreme Court nominee could win the support of NARAL Pro-Choice America or Planned Parenthood would be "to actually perform an abortion during his confirmation hearing, live, on camera, and preferably a partial birth one."
- Coulter blamed an Arizona county attorney for dropping the charges against two men accused of throwing pies at Coulter during an October 2004 speech. But as Media Matters noted at the time, the charges were dropped after both Coulter and the arresting officer failed to appear in court for the trial.
Public Advocate describes itself as "a dedicated group of young conservatives in Washington, D.C." who are "defending the rights of fathers, mothers and children to live their lives free from government intrusions and the self-serving motives of liberal special interests and agendas," with particular attention to opposing abortion and the rights of gays and lesbians. The group spent more than $5 million between 1997 and 2000 "on a nationwide campaign that has often vilified gays as pedophiles and violent criminals," according to an April 8, 2002, Washington Post article. Delgaudio, a member of the Loudoun County, Virginia, Board of Supervisors, also opposed recently confirmed Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., telling a press conference that "Judge Roberts assisted the forces that would criminalize Christianity" by offering legal advice to gay-rights advocates, the Post reported on August 11.
From the October 3 edition of Fox News' Your World with Neil Cavuto:
CAVUTO: Well, my next guest says that President Bush's nomination of Miers is a betrayal to the conservatives who helped put him and keep him in the White House. Joining me now is Eugene Delgaudio, he's the president of Public Advocate. You're not happy; why not?
DELGAUDIO: It's a very sad situation. I promise not to do any singing, though. It's a bad situation for us who have spent a lifetime here in Washington working for the conservative movement, working for the conservative causes. We are -- were expecting a [sic] originalist, a constructionist, and here we have someone that -- once again, you have to wink, and you have to blink, and you have to look the other way --
CAVUTO: Wait a sec, what are you looking at? There's no trail to see whether she's any of these things or not.
DELGAUDIO: Well, that's what we got with Roberts, and the onus is not on conservatives to prove that she's a liberal, the onus is on the president -- and my position is -- to prove that she's conservative. It's not for me to prove that she's a liberal, it's for them to prove that she's actually a conservative, and we're not getting that.
CAVUTO: Do you think that some of the choices that you would've wanted, maybe Priscilla Owen or some of the others, that they would've gotten through the Senate without a filibuster risk, and maybe the president said, you know, "I don't know if it's worth it"?
DELGAUDIO: I am very sympathetic to that, like I said, I've been here for 25 years. Ann Coulter, non-judge, we would've fought for her. Senator [Edward] Kennedy [D-MA] would have been mad at her, but it would've been one hell of a fight, wouldn't it have been? Ann Coulter, Supreme Court justice.
CAVUTO: I'm assuming that Ann might not have been that interested in that. Where do you see all this going?