WASHINGTON (AP) — One of President Barack Obama's staunchest allies in the Senate says he will oppose Michael Boggs, nominated to become a federal judge in Georgia.
Majority Leader Harry Reid's announcement signals a difficult time for the White House if it chooses to push for Boggs' approval.
Boggs drew criticism from Democrats at a Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing earlier this week.
Critics focused on his support as a member of the Georgia Legislature a decade ago for measures to post information online about doctors who perform abortions and to keep the Confederate battle emblem on the Georgia flag.
He testified that he now believes his vote on abortion doctors was wrong and he's glad the Confederate emblem was later removed from the state flag.