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Cornyn to Court?


Sen. John Cornyn (R.-Tex.), a member of the Judiciary Committee and outspoken supporter of President Bush??¢â???¬â???¢s judicial nominees, is now being mentioned as a Supreme Court candidate. Cornyn dismisses such talk: ??¢â???¬?????I love doing what I??¢â???¬â???¢m doing in the Senate, I have a job to do there, and, no, the President hasn??¢â???¬â???¢t offered it to me.??¢â???¬ 

But Cornyn??¢â???¬â???¢s past association with Bush??¢â???¬ ¦quot;serving as Texas attorney general when Bush was governor??¢â???¬ ¦quot;may make him a contender. Despite Cornyn??¢â???¬â???¢s record as a conservative in the Senate (lifetime American Conservative Union rating: 93%), questions linger about some moderate stances he took while serving on the Texas Supreme Court. ??¢â???¬?????His seven-year tenure on the court was characterized by decisions favoring business and limiting government control,??¢â???¬  the Washington Post reported July 2. ??¢â???¬?????But he also wrote the majority decision in 1995 upholding Texas??¢â???¬â???¢s ??¢â???¬????Robin Hood??¢â???¬â???¢ school finance law, in which wealthier school districts share money with poorer ones??¢â???¬ ¦quot;a plan that Republicans have since tried to abolish.??¢â???¬  Cornyn??¢â???¬â???¢s spokesman, Don Stewart, told HUMAN EVENTS: ??¢â???¬?????He??¢â???¬â???¢s been characterized in every different way you could imagine.??¢â???¬  Given that even liberal Sen. Chuck Schumer (D.-N.Y.) has hinted he might support Cornyn, Bush??¢â???¬â???¢s ??¢â???¬?????Johnny Boy??¢â???¬  remains a contender to watch.