Editor's note: The post below has been modified to make clear that Wayne County Circuit Judge David Allen was never nominated to a seat on the federal bench, but was recommended by Michigan Sens. Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow to President Obama.
A Michigan state court judge who was recommended to a seat on the federal bench almost two years ago has withdrawn his name from consideration, citing excessive delay in moving the process forward that had put both his personal life and his career on hold, The Detroit News reports.
In a letter to Michigan Sens. Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow announcing his withdrawal, Wayne County Circuit Judge David Allen called the system of nomination and confirmation to the federal bench "broken."
"While I appreciate and am honored by your joint recommendation to the president for this position, the almost two year delay (with the prospect of further delay in a much changed Congress come January) in the process has been long enough," Allen wrote. "I am ready to get back to my personal life and respected state court career, both of which have been on hold far too long."