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Congressman Clyburn may influence next Supreme Court pick

by Ezekiel J. Walker
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In a week dominated by political speculation, House Majority Whip, U.S. Congressman James Clyburn of South Carolina is now offering his pick for the soon-to-be-vacant Supreme Court Justice seat.

With more White House insight than most, Clyburn stated he’s seen the list of potential candidates, however, only one stands out to him. J. Michelle Childs.

When speaking of Biden’s intentions, Clyburn told The Grio, “He’s made it very clear that he would like to see people from backgrounds and experiences that the vast majority of the American people have had.”

With such a large pool of qualified nominees to choose from, Clyburn remains adamant that Wilds is the one.  Yet that doesn’t mean it would be without controversy.

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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., accompanied by House Majority Whip James Clyburn, D-S.C., left and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer D-Md. speaks to reporters at the Capitol in Washington, Friday, Nov. 5, 2021, as the House is considering President Joe Biden’s $1.85 trillion-and-growing domestic policy package. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

Who is J. Michelle Childs?

“I’m getting a little miffed at people that say you ain’t going to get considered unless you serve on the D.C. circuit or went to an Ivy League school.”

Clyburn’s done the math. And according to him, she’ll have the votes.

Known as a King Maker in D.C., Clyburn told The Hill,“…Michelle Childs will have the support of several Republicans, including the two Republican senators from South Carolina.”

Not only was Wilds born in Detroit, but as the first person in her family to attend college – She Excelled.

Earning scholarships for both undergrad and law school, she then received her B.S. from the University of South Florida Honors College, cum laude, in 1988.

She followed that up with her J.D. from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1991.

Judge Childs also holds a M.A. from the University of South Carolina and an LL.M. from Duke University School of Law as recently as 2016.

Judge J. Michelle Childs is a 1992 graduate of the University of South Carolina School of Law. In 2010, she was appointed by President Barack Obama to serve as a United States District Court Judge for the District of South Carolina.

When Clyburn speaks, Biden listens.

Last month, President Biden nominated Childs to serve on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, calling her “extraordinarily qualified, experienced and devoted to the rule of law and our Constitution.”

Clyburn went on to elaborate regarding the possibility of Vice President Harris having to break a 50/50 tie in the split Senate. “I’ve talked to the Republican senators from South Carolina, both Tim Scott, Lindsey Graham, they are very high on Michelle Childs” said Clyburn to The Hill.” And so I think that both of them would vote for her if her name were to be put in nomination.”

With the thickening drama only akin to a reality TV competition, we await with bated breath for America’s Next Top Supreme Court Justice.

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