Scott Brown Gives Kagan a Pass on JAG Recruiting

May 13, 2010 4:24pm

ABC’s Z. Byron Wolf reports: Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan has been making the rounds on her second day of Capitol Hill Courtesy calls. She eschewed Senate seniority with the two Republicans she met today, focusing instead on moderates – the junior Senators from Maine and Massachusetts -  likely to support her nomination. It’s a strategy that has paid off. Earlier, Sen. Susan Collins, R-ME, said she can’t currently see a reason to filibuster Kagan. And this afternoon Kagan met with Sen. Scott Brown, R-MA, who said he was satisfied with Kagan on the main quibble some Republicans have with her nomination — her role in ousting JAG recruiters from the Harvard Law School campus over the military’s gay rights policy. Brown is a JAG Lawyer himself — for the Army National Guard — and he represents Harvard’s campus in the Senate. His opinion will mean something where it comes to Army JAG lawyers being kept off the Harvard campus by Dean Kagan. “It is clear to me, we spoke about it at length, that she is supportive of the men and women who are fighting to protect us and very supportive of the military as a whole,” he said after meeting with her for less than half an hour Thursday afternoon. “I do not feel that her judicial philosophy will be hurting the men and women who are serving.”

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