Georgia's Sen. Perdue says opposes federal judge nominee

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Posted: Jan 21, 2016 3:41 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Sen. David Perdue of Georgia says he won't support President Barack Obama's nominee for a federal judgeship in his state.

Perdue said in a statement Thursday that the nomination of Dax Lopez is "unattainable" in the Senate because of Lopez's past association as a board member of a Hispanic advocacy group that lobbies against tougher immigration laws.

Lopez's nomination had been thought to be secure because he was appointed as a judge in the State Court of DeKalb County in 2010 by the state's Republican governor, Sonny Perdue. Georgia's U.S. senators must sign off on Obama's nomination for it to go forward in the Senate, and the former governor is Sen. Perdue's cousin.

But Sen. Perdue says he remains "uncomfortable" with Lopez's ties despite a meeting with Lopez.