Two Floridians with Bush ties on Donald Trump’s list of potential Supreme Court picks

Florida Supreme Court Justice Charles Canady (left) and U.S. District Judge Federico Moreno.

Florida Supreme Court Justice Charles Canady (left) and U.S. District Judge Federico Moreno.

Two Florida judges who have been appointed by members of the Bush family are on Donald Trump‘s list of  21 jurists he’d consider for a U.S. Supreme Court appointment.

 

Florida Supreme Court Justice Charles Canady and Miami-based U.S. District Judge Federico Moreno are among the 10 potential appointees Trump’s campaign named today. Trump had earlier named 11 other potential picks to replace conservative Antonin Scalia.

 

Canady, 62, was a member of Congress from 1993 to 2001 and was one of the House managers of the impeachment of President Bill Clinton in 1998. Canady left Congress under self-imposed term limits and became general counsel to former Gov. Jeb Bush. Bush appointed him to the Second District Court of Appeal in 2002 and former Gov. Charlie Crist elevated Canady to the state Supreme Court in 2008.

 

Canady had no comment, a Florida Supreme Court spokesman said.

 

Moreno, 64, was appointed to the federal bench in 1990 by former President George H.W. Bush to replace Alcee Hastings, who was impeached. Hastings was elected to Congress in 1992 and is currently serving his 12th term.

 

Trump first announced his plan to go public with potential court picks at a Palm Beach County GOP dinner at Mar-a-Lago in March. Trump’s pledge to appoint conservative judges has been central to his efforts to woo those on the right who otherwise doubt his conservative credentials.

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