For opposing the nomination of Fil-Am Patrick J. Bumatay and two others for the weak reason that they were “not consulted,” California’s two female senators – both Democrats – have drawn the ire of the Fil-Am community, a growing bloc of some 1.8 million voters.
Senators Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris have opposed nominees Bumatay, Daniel Collins and Kenneth Lee who were nominated by President Donald Trump to the Ninth US Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco two weeks ago.
Of the trio, Bumatay possesses the most impressive legal pedigree.
A cum laude graduate of Yale University, Fil-Am Bumatay then earned his Juris Doctor degree from Harvard Law School.
He currently serves in the Justice Department as counselor to Attorney General Jeff Sessions. If his appointment is approved, he will be breaking two glass ceilings. As a prosecutor, Bumatay has taken on organized crime as well as the opioid crisis.
Aside from his Philippine roots, the 40-yer-old Bumatay is also happens to be openly gay, thereby making him the second from the LGBT community to be appointed as US federal appeals court judge.
The other member of that community is Mary Rowland, a lesbian who is with the US District Court in Illinois.
The opposition of Feinstein and Harris has angered both the Fil-Am as well as the LGBT communities, with Brandon Straka – a gay former liberal – encouraging the community to #WalkAway from Democrats.
A Fil-Am businessman and civic leader who requested anonymity referred to the two senators as “clowns.”
“We will remember them this coming election,” he told Philippine News.
Feinstein, the top Democrat in the Senate Judiciary Committee, said last week that she preferred to support candidates from a list of “consensus” candidates. She seemed to refer to Bumatay among the three as a “controversial” candidate in opposing his nomination.
Re-electionist Feinstein and Harris are said to be eyeing the US presidency in 2020.
Despite the opposition to his nomination, Bumatay is still considered a rising star in the judiciary. He is a member of the Federal Bar Association, the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, the National Filipino American Lawyers Association, and the Tom Homann LGBT Law Association.
Bumatay is a first generation Fil-Am.
The San Francisco court where Bumatay could soon sit has opposed President Trump’s banning of transgender troops from military service, among other key issues.