WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 16, 2016) — The AAPI Victory Fund is disappointed that President Obama did not take an opportunity to make a historic nomination of an Asian American to the U.S. Supreme Court. Shekar Narasimhan, chairman and founder of the AAPI Victory Fund issued the following statement:
“For the first time in American history the President interviewed an Asian American for the U.S. Supreme Court. While we are disappointed that an AAPI was not selected, we are pleased that President Obama strongly considered Judge Sri Srinivasan. The AAPI community wants a seat at the table in every venue and truly believes the bench of qualified AAPI candidates deserve consideration for the very next vacancy.
Today, the Asian American and Pacific Islander community must come together and work to ensure the Senate holds a fair hearing and a timely vote on the President’s nominee. Obstructionist Senators must be held accountable for their actions. The Asian American and Pacific Islander community needs to be more of a political force moving forward, and the AAPI Victory Fund will continue to mobilize its presidential elections outreach in 6 states — Colorado, Florida, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio and Virginia — to empower the more than 18 million Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in this country.”