Patrick Manshardt, of the Individual Rights Foundation, filed the suit in Los Angeles federal court against both California senators and Gerald Parsky, a confidant of President Bush and head of the novel committee system employed in California.

“In this case, Mr. Parsky decided to negotiate a deal with senators [Dianne] Feinstein and [Barbara] Boxer to have their own little secret meetings in California to decide whose name is going to go up,” said Gary Kreep, executive director of the Escondido-based U.S. Justice Foundation, which filed the suit on behalf of Manshardt.

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