"As a member of the law enforcement community, I am pleased to hear that Debo Adegbile has withdrawn his nomination to the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice. His past support for, and defense of, unrepentant cop-killer Mumia Abu-Jamal rendered his nomination a veritable slap in the face to the three-quarters of a million Americans serving in the field of law enforcement.
I'd like to applaud the members of the United States Senate who appropriately condemned Mr. Adegbile's nomination.
I must equally question the judgment of those who attempted to sustain Mr. Adegbile's nomination despite near universal opposition from the law enforcement community.
Several members of the Senate who continued to support Mr. Adegbile now find themselves up for reelection. I challenge Senators Landrieu (D-LA), Hagan (D-NC), Begich (D-AK), Udall (D-CO), Shaheen (D-NH), and Warner (D-VA) to explain why any member of the law enforcement community, or those who embrace our nation's police officers, should support their continued presence in the United States Senate.
Their previous support for Mr. Adegbile demonstrated a willingness to place politics over the public interest. While encouraged by Mr. Adegbile's withdrawal I continue to question the judgment of those who steadfastly supported his otherwise inappropriate nomination."
-Scott G. Erickson