"Draft Prado" Effort Launched

June 9, 2005

A group of advocates have launched Draft Prado, a campaign to convince President Bush to nominate Judge Ed Prado in the event of a Supreme Court vacancy.

Judge Prado would be a Supreme Court nominee who all Americans could be proud of. He is truly a uniter, not a divider.
Ed Prado, a Hispanic American from Texas, has served as a District Attorney, a Public Defender, a State District Judge, a United States Attorney, a Federal District Judge and is currently a Judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Judge Prado was first nominated to the Federal District Court in 1984 by President Ronald Reagan. In 2003, President George W. Bush nominated him for his current position on the Fifth Circuit and the Senate confirmed him 97-0.

The campaign argues that a Prado nomination would better represent all Americans than a nomination of a hardline conservative:

We started DraftPrado because we think that a lot of voices are likely to be ignored during the coming Supreme Court debate. In an era of intense partisanship, we believe the time is right to come together around a highly qualified consensus nominee.
Edward Prado is a Republican, but he is a Republican with a moderate record who will give a fair hearing to all sides of a dispute. We sincerely believe he would make an exceptional Supreme Court Justice.
The fourteen Senators who came together to avert the nuclear option are an example of how deliberation and moderation can win the day. Let's follow that example, and urge President Bush to save the ideologues for other positions - the next Supreme Court nomination should not be a partisan battleground.