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President Obama Abandons Michael Boggs Nomination

Senatorial candidate Rep. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., speaks to supporters as Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., right, looks on during an election night rally Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2004 in Atlanta. Isakson defeated Rep. Denise Majette, D-Ga., for the U.S. Senate. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
Senatorial candidate Rep. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., speaks to supporters as Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., right, looks on during an election night rally Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2004 in Atlanta. Isakson defeated Rep. Denise Majette, D-Ga., for the U.S. Senate. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

(Politico) – President Barack Obama will not renominate controversial Georgia judicial nominee Michael Boggs to the federal bench in 2015, according to the state’s two Republican senators.

Boggs drew widespread opposition from Senate Democrats, including Democratic Leader Harry Reid of Nevada, for his record as a Georgia state legislator on gay marriage, abortion and the Confederate flag.

A White House official confirmed early Wednesday that Boggs will not be renominated. Boggs was originally nominated in December 2013 but never received a confirmation vote.

Despite Obama’s decision to abandon the nomination, both Georgia senators said in a Tuesday evening statement that they continued to support Boggs, who was nominated to serve on the federal court in the Northern District of Georgia.

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