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Arguello Open to Being Considered for Court

By Robert Barnes
Some folks being considered for the Supreme Court job created by retiring Justice David H. Souter don't want to talk about it. Others don't seem to mind.

Put U.S. District Judge Christine M. Arguello in the latter category. The 53-year-old Colorado judge told The Pueblo Chieftain that she was willing to listen if the White House wanted to talk. As The Chieftain put it:

Arguello said she was asked a week ago by people in Washington and in Colorado "who are in direct contact with the White House" if she "would be willing to go through the intense scrutiny" that would occur if Obama nominates her. 'I said ‘yes.’ I wouldn't have gone this far if I didn't think I could serve my country in this way.”

Sounds as if former Colorado senator and current Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, himself mentioned as a potential Supreme Court nominee, might have a hand in the process.

Arguello's is not a name mentioned by those familiar with the group President Obama is seriously considering. She has only been on the bench since last fall, but scores well on empathy and life experience. She was the first in her family to graduate from college when she got a degree from the University of Colorado, then went on to Harvard law. And according to her bio, she grew up in southern Colorado, where her father worked for a railroad and where, for a time, the family lived in a rail car.

By Web Politics Editor  |  May 21, 2009; 4:09 PM ET
Categories:  Supreme Court  
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