'I think the nomination will not be confirmed," said Peter Vickery, one of two councilors urging the Romney administration to withdraw the nomination. ''I think it would be far better from [Rigali's] point of view to withdraw now rather than be rejected." The rejection would deal a significant setback to Romney, who has touted his reform of the judicial-selection process as one of his signal achievements. It would also mark a rare defeat for a governor's judicial nominee: The last time the council rejected a nominee was in 1993, when former state representative John Flood of Canton was tapped by Governor William F. Weld and rejected twice.
In Rigali's case, the overriding objection of several councilors -- Vickery, Christopher A. Iannella, Marilyn M. Petitto Devaney, and Carole A. Fiola -- is that Romney departed from his usual practice in nominating him for the $112,000-a-year position.
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Iannella also said Rigali acknowledged at the hearing that he has barely any experience practicing juvenile law. ''My feeling is this guy has obviously got some powerful sponsor," he said.