A lawyer selected by President Trump to serve on the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has received the backing of the Judicial Crisis Network.

In a press release issued Nov. 9, the JCN announced that it would launch a six-figure, two-week ad campaign supporting Kyle Duncan’s nomination to Louisiana’s Fifth Circuit.

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The ad features Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry praising Duncan’s qualities, including his expertise in constitutional law, his victory in the well-known Hobby Lobby case at the Supreme Court and Duncan's “Louisiana values.”

“He’s exceptionally qualified, and as a judge, he’ll make us proud,” says Landry.

JCN Chief Counsel and Policy Director Carrie Severino released a statement in support of Duncan as well.

“In Kyle Duncan, President Trump selected one of the best lawyers of his generation,” Severino said. “He’s a Louisiana native who has served his state with distinction as its solicitor general, and he will make Louisiana proud as a federal judge. Kyle’s brilliance combined with his humility and integrity will serve him well on the Fifth Circuit. I’m proud to call Kyle a friend, and I look forward to a speedy confirmation.”

Duncan has also received the backing of the Tea Party Patriots Citizens Fund, which released its own statement in support of the judicial nominee on Nov. 9.

“Mr. Duncan has a distinguished legal resume, serving the state of Louisiana as solicitor general and standing up for Americans’ First Amendment rights at the Supreme Court during the Hobby Lobby case,” said Chairman Jenny Beth Martin in the statement. “We call on the Senate to swiftly move Kyle Duncan’s nomination to the floor for a vote so he can be confirmed to serve on the Fifth Circuit.”

Duncan currently works as a partner at the Washington-based law firm Schaerr Duncan LLP. He has previously worked as solicitor general in the office of the Louisiana attorney general and as general counsel for the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. Earlier this year, Landry hired Duncan to defend the state in a lawsuit challenging the legality of a Louisiana anti-abortion law.

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