Jim DeMint's MiniMe is buffing his social issues cred for '16, it seems:
After objections from Sen. Marco Rubio, President Obama has withdrawn the nomination of William Thomas, who would have become the nation's first black and openly gay federal judge. Orlando's Watermark reports:
Sen. Marco Rubio blocked the appointment, despite the fact that he supported Thomas’ initial nomination in November of 2012. The White House resubmitted about 200 nominees to the Senate at the beginning of this year, and Thomas’ name was missing from the list. Rubio interviewed Miami-Dade Circuit Court Judge William Thomas and supported President Obama’s nomination of him. Nominees must secure the approval of both U.S. senators in their home state, and Sen. Bill Nelson offered his approval. The Federal Judicial Nominating Commission then officially recommended Judge Thomas to become a Federal District Court Judge for the Southern District of Florida. But in September of 2013, Rubio changed his mind and blocked confirmation hearings for Judge Thomas.