Talking points for office visit with senators’ staff
Thomas Farr has been nominated for a judgeship in federal district court. He has spent his decades-long career working to disenfranchise voters of color and to undermine workers’ rights.
- Farr represented the North Carolina legislature in its unconstitutional and illegal voter suppression efforts. He argued in favor of a voter ID law that was struck down by the federal appeals court. The appeals court said that the law “targeted African Americans with almost surgical precision.” He also argued in favor of North Carolina’s redistricting plan, which the U.S. Supreme Court ruled to be unconstitutional as a racial gerrymander.
- Farr has also worked to limit workers’ rights. In addition to opposing workers’ rights on behalf of corporate clients, he personally advocated in favor of North Carolina’s infamous “bathroom bill” that discriminated against transgender people and eliminated the right of workers to bring employment discrimination lawsuits in state court.
- Farr was legal counsel to the 1992 reelection campaign of Senator Jesse Helms. The campaign was accused of intimidating and sending false information to African-American voters. Farr says he was unaware of voter suppression efforts. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) has asked the U.S. Dept of Justice for a memo that may reveal Farr’s participation, if any, in acts of voter suppression.
We are concerned that Farr may have misled the Senate Judiciary Committee about his role in any voter suppression efforts by the 1992 Helms campaign. This nomination should not proceed until the U.S. Dept of Justice responds to Senator Booker’s request for the memo. At a minimum we are asking Senator [name] to ask for a hold on the Farr nomination until the request to the U.S. Dept of Justice is resolved.
We also believe, based on other information, that Farr’s long history of supporting voter suppression and limiting workers’ rights make him unqualified to serve as a federal judge. We are asking Senator [name] to vote against the Farr nomination for the judgeship.
- Alliance for Justice–Farr report
- Vetting Room–Farr report
- Huffington Post–Cory Booker request to U.S. Dept of Justice
- Congressional Black Caucus Opposition Letter
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