McAuliffe plans to reappoint Supreme Court pick

Gov. Terry McAuliffe

Gov. Terry McAuliffe

Virginia Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe says he will reappoint Justice Jane Marum Roush next month when her initial appointment expires. McAuliffe told reporters his plans Monday after the state Senate adjourned from a special legislative session meant to produce a new state congressional map and settle a state Supreme Court appointment. Republicans, angry that McAuliffe had not properly consulted them about Roush’s appointment, tried unsuccessfully Monday to advance their own pick for the high court. GOP lawmakers said Monday that McAuliffe wont’ have the legal authority to reappoint Roush next month because the full General Assembly has not adjourned. But McAuliffe said there’s legal precedent for reappointing Roush and said the Republican opposition to her appointment has made the GOP look “small” and ineffective.

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