As President Trump’s first nominee for the Supreme Court, Judge Neil Gorsuch is sure to face an arduous confirmation process.
A key bullet in the Democratic ammo can is a letter from Jennifer Sisk, a former law student of Gorsuch, addressed to Senators Chuck Grassley and Dianne Feinstein, which accuses Gorsuch of promoting a sexist view of women.
Specifically Sisk charges Gorsuch with a negative view of women in the workforce as well as a negative view of female attorneys.
At some point Judge Gorsuch stopped this discussion about the hypothetical and work life balance in the legal profession. Instead, he asked the class to raise their hands if they knew of a female who had used a company to get maternity benefits and then left right after having a baby. Judge Gorsuch specifically targeted females and maternity leave. This question was not about parents or men shifting priorities right after having children. It was solely focused on women using their companies.
Sisk adds that it concerns her that “a man who is being considered for our highest court holds views that discount the worth of working females.”
It turns out, however, that Ms. Sisk may have political concerns as well.
As reported by The Daily Signal, Sisk is “a former political appointee in the Obama administration and also worked as an aide to former Sen. Mark Udall, a Democrat from Colorado.”
Sisk said in her letter that she shared her experience with the committee because Gorsuch’s “values shared during that class were concerning and should be explored further during his confirmation hearings for the United States Supreme Court.”
In the letter, she did not disclose her work with the Obama administration or Udall.
Furthermore, Sisk’s account is being disputed by some of her classmates, and “a group of 11 female former law clerks for Gorsuch.”
Janie Nitze, a female attorney who worked for Obama’s DOJ and who was a former law clerk for Justice Sonia Sotomayor, states:
The suggestion that he ‘discounts the worth of working females’ is patently absurd, and refuted entirely by my decade-long experience with him and by the experiences of all of his former female law clerks, who collectively sent a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee on this topic.
Democrats hoping that Sisk will be the next Anita Hill seem headed for disappointment. Not only does her letter now seem biased and questionable, she also doesn’t appear to want to derail Gorsuch.
In January she posted on Facebook that Gorsuch “has a sharp judicial mind and believes in facts and legal reasoning” and “better than the rest of the choices” despite her differences with him.