Romney Announces 63 Member Justice Advisory Team, Robert Bork Co-Chair

Conservative judge, legal scholar Robert Bork will co-chair Romney's 63 member Justice Advisory Committee. August 2, 2011

The news today from hard-working Mitt Romney and his campaign keeps rolling in and it’s…


Governor Romney has assembled a 63 member advisory team, including illustrious co-chair Robert Bork, to counsel him on a variety of issues. The formation of this stellar new team further underscores Romney’s deep commitment to the rule of law and constitutional governance:

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Tuesday announced a team of 63 lawyers, co-chaired by conservative legal scholar Robert Bork, that will advise his campaign on constitutional and judicial matters, law enforcement and homeland security, and regulatory issues.

In addition to Bork, a conservative icon whose nomination by President Ronald Reagan to the Supreme Court failed in the Senate, Romney’s Justice Advisory Committee will be chaired by Harvard Law School professor Mary Ann Glendon, who served as U.S. ambassador to the Vatican in President George W. Bush’s administration, and Richard Wiley, a former chairman of the Federal Communications Commission.

Romney, a former Massachusetts governor, is a graduate of Harvard Law School. The choice of chairs and committee members seems designed to solidify his credentials within the conservative legal establishment.

Mitt Romney deeply understands that the rule of law and the integrity of our courts are essential components of our nation’s strength and must be preserved,” the three chairmen said in a joint statement. “He will nominate judges who faithfully adhere to the Constitution’s text, structure, and history and he will carry out the duties of President as a zealous defender of the Constitution. We fully support Mitt Romney’s campaign and look forward to working with other members of the committee as we advise him on today’s pressing legal issues.”

The committee, which will also provide legal counsel to Romney’s campaign, also includes other prominent figures, including former Homeland Security secretary Michael Chertoff, former chancellor to the Court of Chancery of the State of Delaware William Allen and former Texas Supreme Court chief justice Thomas Phillips.

Romney’s statement:

Our democracy depends on a government that respects the Constitution and the rule of law,” Romney said in a statement. “Our nation needs a Congress and an Executive branch that are cognizant of the bounds of their powers and a judiciary that will strictly construe the Constitution and refuse to legislate from the bench. I am proud and honored to have the support of an extraordinary group of attorneys and legal scholars.”

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For the names of those on Romney’s new Justice Advisory Committee, continue reading here.

Wow. This announcement, along with the announcement today that Romney’s campaign is shifting into higher gear, further demonstrates the planning, organization, and wisdom Team Romney is known for.

► Jayde Wyatt

~UPDATE from RightSpeak

This news even has a bit of an Iowa spin to it, according to the Iowa Independent:

“The formation of the committee could play well among some voters in Iowa, specifically from social and religious Conservatives who feel the Iowa Supreme Court has overstepped its Constitutional boundaries in the last few years, particularly in the 2009 ruling of Varnum v. Brien, which legalized same-sex marriage in Iowa.”

Mitt Romney, in announcing this committee, with members such as these, should go along way to assuage the fears of his critics, who think he’ll appoint “activist” judges, who legislate from the bench.

Mitt Romney Names Lt. Gov Bill Bolling VA Campaign Chairman

VA Lt. Gov Bill Bolling

Mitt Romney has secured experienced help for his hopes in the great state of Virginia. He’s named Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling as chairman of his campaign in the Old Dominion State. Bolling was The Gov’s VA campaign chair when he ran for president last time.

A few things Bolling said about The Gov then:
August 8, 2007:

“I think he is the conservative candidate.”
“He is the best to carry the banner.”
“He’s a turnaround guy.”
“He has a great track record of taking things that are a mess and making them work. He did the same thing in Massachusetts.”
“He strikes me as a very decent man. I just like the guy.”

Bolling’s statement yesterday:

“I am honored that Mitt Romney has asked me to chair his presidential campaign in Virginia,” Bolling said in a written statement. “Over the past few years I have developed a strong personal relationship with Governor Romney. I am absolutely convinced that he is the right person to carry our party’s banner into the 2012 campaigns and the right person to lead our country toward a more prosperous future.”

Romney has also named Delegate Barbara J. Comstock ( R-Fairfax) and Delegate Christopher K. Peace ( R-Hanover) as co-chairs of his Virginia campaign.

Romney supported then-VA Atty Gen Bob McDonnell and VA Lt. Gov Bill Bollings at Bollings' annual 'Burgers with Bill' event in Glen Allen, VA. June 5, 2008

I am proud to have the support of these Virginians,” Romney said in a written statement. “They have been leaders in the fight for smaller government and lower taxes in Virginia. I look forward to working alongside them as I campaign across Virginia and the rest of the country to reverse President Obama’s failed policies and get our economy on the right track.

Read more here.

Romney campaigned for Bolling’s reelection as Lt. Gov in 2009. (He also campaigned for then-Atty Gen Bob McDonnell who is now Governor of Virginia.)

► Jayde Wyatt