President Donald Trump has just nominated former deputy Texas Attorney General David Morales to fill a vacant seat on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas and the GOP is thrilled.
According to a local paper in Corpus Christi, Texas, Trump’s move was praised by lawmakers who have worked closely with Morales in the past.
The two Texas senators both insisted upon a “swift” confirmation process for Morales, which is not something the democrats have done for past Trump nominees.
The democrats argue that since Morales decided not to pursue a $5.4 million lawsuit against Trump and Trump University in 2016, he is not the man for the job. But how often have the democrats used an irrelevant incident to slow down the confirmation process for Trump’s nominees?
Too many to count.
Ultimately, the same judge who accused Trump of being biased due to his “Mexican heritage,” U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel, ended up awarding millions of dollars to the plaintiffs in the lawsuit against Trump. Many see this as retaliation against Trump for his past comments.
What’s more, Curiel finalized a $25 million settlement between Trump and the students of Trump University earlier this week.
After he passed on the lawsuit, which was really just another leftist attack on Trump, Morales went to work with former Attorney General Greg Abbott (R), who is now governor of the state of Texas.
Cruz went on to point out why Morales was such a good choice, arguing that he has a passion for the Constitution and principles.
“Having worked side-by-side with David in the Texas Attorney General’s Office defending the constitutional rights of Texans, I know firsthand that he will be a principled, passionate defender of the Constitution and the rule of law,” Cruz insisted.
Texas Sen. Cornyn also applauded Trump for picking Morales and selecting an attorney with so much rich experience when it comes to the state of Texas.
“David has spent his career mastering complex legal issues in both public service and private practice, and I look forward to working with my colleagues to ensure his swift confirmation,” Cornyn asserted.
But they are not the only officials to praise Morales. Even Attorney General Ken Paxton went on the record to argue that Morales possesses “an unwavering fidelity to the rule of law and the U.S. Constitution.”
Echoing Sen. Cruz’s sentiments, Paxton went on to say Morales would “respect the proper role of a judge in our constitutional system and will not engage in legislating from the bench.”
“I am confident he will excel as a federal judge, and I urge the U.S. Senate to quickly confirm him to the bench,” he added.
Morales still has to face the Senate Judiciary Committee before he is confirmed. Once he is cleared by the committee, his nomination will be subject to a confirmation vote by the entire Senate.
Morales is currently a partner at Kelly Hart & Hallman LLP, where he focuses on administrative law, public, and higher education law.
The firm’s managing partner also highlighted Morales’ extensive experience as an attorney, arguing it proves “his ability to manage both attorneys and substantial litigation dockets, and his calm courtroom demeanor will be a perfect match for the district bench.”
Prior to entering the private sector, Trump’s nominee served as deputy general counsel to the University of Texas System Board of Regents, and as general counsel to the governor from until 2014.
Morales spent over 15 years in the Attorney General’s Office defending the Constitution.
During that time, Morales served as the deputy attorney general for Civil Litigation and deputy first assistant attorney general.
Dating back even further, the former attorney general graduated from Edward’s University in Austin and completed law school at St. Mary’s University School of Law in San Antonio.
If confirmed, Morales will preside over the Corpus Christi division of the district, which has 10 counties — Aransas, Bee, Brooks, Duval, Jim Wells, Kenedy, Kleberg, Live Oak, Nueces, and San Patricio.
The judicial seat in Corpus Christi was previously held by U.S. District Judge Janis Graham Jack and has been vacant for over six years. In fact, it has now become the longest vacant seat in the history of the state of Texas.
At the end of the day, the GOP is thrilled to see Trump select a principled attorney for the position, and the state of Texas will be elated to finally have that vacant seat filled with a strong God-fearing conservative judge.