Alexander, Corker hopeful TN judge will be confirmed

U.S. Sens. Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker say they’re still hopefully that Nashville lawyer Waverly Crenshaw will be confirmed as a U.S. District Court judge in Nashville, even though an effort to schedule a vote this week was derailed by Texas Republican Sen. John Cornyn.

Further from The Tennessean:

Obama nominated Crenshaw in February 2015 with support from Tennessee Republican Sens. Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker. Once confirmed, Crenshaw would replace U.S. District Judge William Joseph Haynes Jr., who took senior status in December 2014.

“Obviously around here, until something’s done, it’s not,” Corker said Thursday. “I know there is a tremendous load of work in the Nashville office that needs to get done, and we’ve talked a great deal with the other judges there and know this position needs to be confirmed.”

The federal court system considers the Nashville vacancy a judicial emergency because of the number of major cases filed there.

Asked about the oddity of a Republican senator blocking a nominee supported by both Republican home-state senators, Corker said, “Around here you learn to take things in stride and keep moving ahead.”

…Alexander said he’s asked Republican leaders to bring Crenshaw’s nomination up for a confirmation vote.

“I think he would make an excellent federal district judge,” Alexander said.

Rep. Jim Cooper, D-Nashville, said Crenshaw deserves to be confirmed.

“He has done everything right — endorsement by both our senators and unanimous vote from committee — only to be torpedoed by Texas Senator Cornyn,” Cooper said. “I hope Cornyn reconsiders his stance because we desperately need another judge in Middle Tennessee.”

Also awaiting a confirmation vote is Edward Stanton, nominated to fill a U.S. District Court vacancy in Tennessee’s Western District. Obama nominated Stanton last May and he was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee in October.

Note: For more, see Politico’s report, HERE.