The Clarion-Ledger, 10/7/7

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who promised a speedy vote on Leslie Southwick’s nomination to the federal bench, has agreed to give the Mississippi judge’s supporters more time to round up votes.

Reid press secretary Jim Manley said Southwick’s major supporters, Mississippi Republican Sens. Thad Cochran and Trent Lott, have not asked the Senate’s leader to move forward on the controversial nomination.

“They haven’t pressed for a vote yet,” Manley said.