President Obama will not renominate controversial Georgia Judge Michael Boggs for a federal judgeship, in a win for Democrats who had fought the nomination.


Congressional Democrats, particularly members of the Congressional Black Caucus, had worked against Boggs's nomination because of his past stances on issues like civil rights.

Boggs was initially nominated to be a federal district judge in Georgia as part of a package deal negotiated with Georgia's Republican Sens. Saxby ChamblissClarence (Saxby) Saxby ChamblissGOP lobbyist tapped for White House legislative affairs The Hill's Morning Report - Gillibrand drops out as number of debaters shrinks Hoekstra emerges as favorite for top intelligence post MORE and Johnny IsaksonJohnny IsaksonLoeffler liquidates stocks amid uproar over trades after Senate coronavirus briefing Democrats text over 1 million Georgia voters to boost mail voting efforts Internal Collins poll suggests he holds huge lead over incumbent Sen. Loeffler in Georgia special election MORE.

The senators said in a statement late Tuesday that White House chief of staff Denis McDonoughDenis Richard McDonoughSamantha Power votes for Biden, praises his 'empathy and decency' Former Obama chief of staff endorses Biden Former Obama officials willing to testify on McCabe's behalf: report MORE informed them before Thanksgiving that Boggs would not be renominated, despite his better chances in a Republican Senate. 

"We regret the President’s decision, as we have supported Judge Boggs throughout this process and remain steadfast in our support," Chambliss and Isakson said. "Judge Boggs has served the state with honor and integrity as an appellate and trial judge, and he has demonstrated a commitment to improving the criminal justice system through his work with the Georgia Criminal Justice Reform Council and Drug Courts."

The controversy around Boggs stemmed from his time as a state legislator between 2000 and 2004. He twice backed legislation to keep the Confederate battle emblem on Georgia's state flag. He also supported an amendment banning gay marriage and voted to require Georgia doctors to post online the number of abortion services they performed over the last decade. 

"It's time to move on to a new year," Rep. David Scott (D-Ga.), who had helped lead the effort against Boggs, wrote on Twitter Wednesday. "There are many qualified attorneys in GA who should get a look for the next nominations."