Anti-Judge Alito group rolls into Craig

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A group opposing President Bush's nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court visited Craig Friday to discuss the nomination and its potential effects on the high court.

Rolling Justice is traveling across the nation attempting to raise awareness about Judge Samuel Alito, whose Oct. 31 nomination it opposes.

Three members of the group were at the Holiday Inn on Friday to meet with locals.

Rolling Justice is part of the Alliance for Justice, a liberal organization opposing the Alito nomination.

But Alonzo Payne, one of the Rolling Justice volunteers in Craig on Friday, said the organization isn't necessarily trying to stop the conservative judge's nomination.

The group's main goal is to raise awareness about the nomination and about the Supreme Court, Payne said.

Alito was President Bush's second choice to fill the latest vacancy on the Supreme Court. His first choice, Harriet Miers, withdrew her nomination after coming under fire from conservative groups for her views on social issues and her lack of judicial experience.

Alito worked in Ronald Reagan's administration before his 1990 appointment to the U.S. Court of Appeals. He is expected by many to be an anti-abortion voice on the court.

Alito's views on abortion, while important, aren't the driving force behind Rolling Justice, Payne said.

"It really isn't my main concern," Payne said.

The group is mainly concerned that Alito isn't an advocate for personal privacy rights, Payne said.

There is a slippery slope between repealing the right to an abortion and the government interfering in other private matters, Payne said.

The group said it is focused on Alito and his judicial record but is also trying to raise awareness about the Supreme Court in general.

"A Supreme Court decision cuts across the board," said John Crone, a Rolling Justice volunteer.

No one from Craig attended the meeting Friday, but with freezing temperatures, group members said they weren't surprised.

From Craig, the group traveled to Steamboat Springs.

Next week, it plans to meet with people in Northeast Colorado.

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