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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.

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