Published in The Dallas Morning News
The Senate narrowly confirmed Beaumont lawyer Michael Truncale for a lifetime judgeship in East Texas on Tuesday, with Utah Sen. Mitt Romney breaking ranks because the nominee had called Barack Obama an “un-American impostor.”
Obama was president at the time.
Truncale made the comment during a speech to a women’s group in Beaumont in June 2011, two months before he launched an unsuccessful campaign for Congress.
“He made particularly disparaging comments about President Obama. And as the Republican nominee for president, I just couldn’t subscribe to that in a federal judge,” Romney said Tuesday. “This was not a matter of qualifications or politics. This was something specifically to that issue as a former nominee of our party.”