Johnson accuses Baldwin of violating agreement on judges

Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin

Republican U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson says Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin violated a bipartisan agreement over the process for filling a longtime vacancy on a federal appeals court.

Johnson told reporters Saturday that he believes the appointment process for the nation’s oldest vacancy on the U.S. Court of Appeals will have to be restarted.

Baldwin sent the names of eight candidates to the White House earlier this month. Johnson says they had agreed only to send the names of two finalists, but Baldwin didn’t like either one. He declined to say who they were.

The spot has been vacant since 2010.

Baldwin’s chief of staff Bill Murat told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel she forwarded the names because “it is important that action be taken to put a judge in place.”