The Richmond Times-Dispatch has this report on reaction by some senators to the nomination by President Bush of Claude Allen to serve on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Also, as described in this transcript of a press briefing by Ari Fleischer of the White House, the Maryland senators claim that the seat should go to a Maryland lawyer, since it is to fill the vacancy left by Judge Murnaghan from Baltimore. Fleisher had no particular response.
The Washington Post reports here that the White House had considered two Maryland lawyers, but both were rejected by Maryland's senators (both Democrats) as unsuitable. The same article notes that "[s]ome Republican officials said the political benefits of nominating women and minorities appear increasingly clear, even if some of them are rejected."
The Raleigh paper reported here that the events of Senator Jesse Helms' 1984 campaign were being revisited to consider statements by Allen in the course of that campaign, including the statement supposedly made by Allen that Helms' opponent was vulnerable because of his associations with "the queers."