|Reflecting unease among conservative activists, some Republican presidential aspirants in the Senate are not ready to give their support to Harriet Miers, President Bush’s selection to succeed Justice Sandra Day O’Connor on the Supreme Court.|
In a statement released yesterday — the same day Bush defended Miers in a Rose Garden press conference — conservative Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Kan.) not only declined to endorse the White House counsel but indicated he preferred a more-experienced candidate.
“I have said in the past that I would like a nominee with a proven track record on important issues to all Americans and whose judicial philosophy is well-formed. I am not yet confident that Ms. Miers has a proven track record, and I look forward to having these questions answered,” said Brownback, who is viewed as a leading contender for conservative votes in the 2008 presidential primary. He added that “we must trust but verify.”