Conservative Kentucky Judge is Targeted in Ad From Liberal Group

Jun 22, 2018

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A liberal group is taking aim at a Kentucky judge who is on President Trump’s short list of potential U.S. Supreme Court nominees.

The group Demand Justice is behind a digital ad portraying federal appeals court judge Amul Thapar as a far right jurist who wrote a 2016 ruling that threw out a prohibition against judges making political contributions.

The Herald-Leader reports it’s one of five ads the activist group is releasing against judges who appeared on an official Supreme Court short list issued by the White House last fall.

The group’s executive director is Brian Fallon, a former press secretary for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.

Fallon says putting Thapar on the Supreme Court would result in decisions allowing more special interest spending on elections, to the detriment of ordinary citizens.

Thapar became a judge on the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals last year.

He’s been championed by Senator Mitch McConnell, who has called Thapar “a qualified judge with an impressive legal mind.”