Nevada nominee drops from U.S. judge consideration

Nevada nominee drops from U.S. judge consideration

CREATED Mar. 8, 2013

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- A Nevada state judge whose nomination to the federal bench became entangled in a gun rights debate is dropping her name from consideration.

Clark County District Judge Elissa Cadish informed Nevada senators this week that she had asked President Barack Obama to withdraw her nomination for a lifetime appointment to the U.S. District Court seat.

Senate Democratic Majority Leader Harry Reid had recommended Cadish for the job and said he's disappointed.

Cadish's nomination had Reid and Republican Sen. Dean Heller in a standoff.

Heller took issue with Cadish's response on a 2008 election season questionnaire about the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms. Cadish wrote that she did not believe it was a constitutional right.

Cadish's nomination needed Heller's OK to get to the Senate Judiciary Committee.