Jim Thorpe attorney Gregory Lee Mousseau has been nominated by Gov. Edward Rendell to be appointed to the vacant judgeship in Carbon County.

Mousseau's nomination must be approved by a majority of the state senate, and reportedly, that will not be a given.

Rendell, a Democrat, made the recommendation that Mousseau, a Republican, serve the Court of Common Pleas taking the seat of the late Judge David W. Addy, who died on Dec. 17, 2009, after serving three years on the bench.

Since his death, the work load has been handled by Senior Judge Richard W. Webb of Palmerton.

Reportedly, Mousseau's nomination by Rendell was on the recommendation of state Sen. David G. Argall, R-Dist 29, who serves part of Carbon County.

State Sen. Raphael J. Musto, D-14th, also serves part of Carbon. Mousseau needs 33 votes in the Senate to be confirmed. There are 30 Republicans in the Senate so he would need three Democrats to support his nomination.

If successful he would serve on the bench until January 2012. He would have to run for the office and the 10-year term in 2011. He would face opposition from any Democrat who would seek the nomination of his or her party for the position.

Mousseau ran for the third county judgeship in 2009 but lost the Republican nomination to Steven R. Serfass. Serfass went on to win the election in November. He took office and became the county's 17th judge on Jan. 1.

Efforts by the TIMES NEWS this morning for comments from Musto, Argall and State Rep. Keith McCall, D-12nd District, were unsuccessful.