President Trump is rewarding Thomas A. Farr, North Carolina’s chief defender of voter suppression, with a plum federal judgeship. The U.S. Senate’s Judiciary Committee will vote on his nomination very soon.
Unfortunately, we can’t depend on North Carolina’s U.S. Senators to represent our interests. Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC) said Farr “is widely respected as one of the best legal minds in North Carolina.” Tillis (P: 202-228-6342) is on the Judiciary Committee, and Farr was his lawyer when Tillis, then the NC House Speaker, pushed through the restrictive Monster Voting Law.
Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) introduced Farr at the Senate’s confirmation hearing, saying “his wealth of experience will serve North Carolina well.” Actually, Farr is famous for defending GOP mailers aimed at intimidating Black voters during Jesse Helms’ 1992 campaign. He is now the chief attorney for the NC Republican’s effort to disenfranchise voters of color, students, and the poor. Farr’s nomination is especially insulting because it’s for the long-vacant seat on the Eastern NC District Court that was denied to two highly-qualified African-American female nominees who Sen. Burr blocked from receiving a hearing.
Click the link above to contact all members of the Senate Judiciary Committee or ask individual members below to do what North Carolina’s Senators will not — oppose Thomas Farr’s nomination as federal judge and protect North Carolina voters. Their individual names, phone numbers, and email forms follow this sample script:
SAMPLE SUBJECT LINE: Please Oppose Thomas Farr for Federal Judge
TOPIC (IF NECESSARY FOR FORM): “Judiciary” or “Other”
SAME PHONE SCRIPT OR EMAIL TEXT:
I’m [writing/calling] to ask the Senator to vote “no” on Thomas Farr’s nomination to fill the federal judicial vacancy in the Eastern District of North Carolina. Farr already has the backing of both North Carolina Senators, so I’m turning to you to protect the voters of our state and the whole nation.
Farr has been North Carolina’s chief defender of voting laws that a federal court said “target African Americans with almost surgical precision.” His nomination to the longest judicial vacancy in the nation comes at the expense of two highly-qualified African-American female judges who were blocked from receiving a Committee hearing. Farr’s history of mistreatment of North Carolina’s African-American voters makes him ill-suited to preside over a region with a sizeable Black population.
I’m asking you, as a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, to do what North Carolina’s Senators will not: oppose Thomas Farr’s nomination as federal judge, and protect North Carolina voters. Can I count on your “no” vote?