March 12, 2009
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today voted against the nominations of David Ogden to be United States Deputy Attorney General and Thomas Perrelli to serve as Associate Attorney General. Senator Inhofe expressed deep concerns with these Justice Department nominees, noting their strong support on issues ranging from taxpayer-funded abortions, to euthanasia, and representation of the pornography industry.
“President Obama’s nominee for the number two post at the Department of Justice, David Ogden, has repeatedly represented the pornography industry and its interests, and supports using taxpayer money to fund abortions,” Senator Inhofe said. “We need a Deputy Attorney General who will be dedicated to protecting children, but David Ogden has a terrible record of protecting children from the exploitations of child pornography and obscenity.
“For similar reasons, I could not support the nomination of Thomas Perrelli to serve as Associate Attorney General. Mr. Perrelli has failed to affirm and protect the dignity of all human life as an advocate for euthanasia. We cannot diminish the value of any one human life without diminishing the value of all human life.
“While I do not deny the experience of both David Ogden and Thomas Perrelli, I question their commitment to faithfully interpret and apply both the letter and spirit of the law. The Department of Justice needs people who adhere to the law and not to their ideology. While I certainly oppose many of the positions taken by these nominees, I am even more concerned that their record of being ideologically-driven will weaken the integrity and neutrality of the Department of Justice.”