Republican Sen. Dean Heller of Nevada told a group earlier in March that Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy will likely retire in the coming months, Politico reports.
“Kennedy is going to retire around sometime early summer,” Heller told a group in Las Vegas. “Which I’m hoping will get our base a little motivated because right now they’re not very motivated. But I think a new Supreme Court justice will get them motivated.”
Rumors have floated around Washington since June 2016 that Kennedy would retire, but the justice hasn’t addressed those rumors publicly.
Heller is up for re-election this year in a state that went for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election. Clinton took 47.9 percent of the vote in Nevada last year, edging out President Donald Trump’s 45.5 percent. Heller also faces a Republican challenger in the primary that is very in-line with Trump’s policies and could give him a serious run for his money.
Like many Republicans, Heller sings the president’s praises, trumpeting his leadership on tax reform, deregulation and his push for changing Senate rules to allow for a simple majority vote to pass legislation.
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