Chief counsel and policy director for the Judicial Crisis Network Carrie Severino called on red state Senate Democrats to support Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court, in a Friday op-ed for Fox News.
She accuses New York’s Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer of taking “obstruction and hyper-partisanship to new heights” and said his threats should be taken seriously. (RELATED: ‘Morning Joe’ Approves Of Brett Kavanaugh For The Supreme Court)
“Schumer has gone so far as to refuse to meet with Kavanaugh, and to encourage other Senate Democrats to also refuse to meet with the judge,” Severino wrote.
She claims past precedent dictates a more open and bipartisan process and praised politicians like Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia for forcing the issue with his fellow Democrats.
“In the face of these defections, even Schumer himself finally agreed to meet with Kavanaugh later this month,” she continued.
Severino said Democratic Sens. Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Manchin would be wise to support Kavanaugh for the court but are falling back on Schumer and allowing him to play politics with the nomination.
“Manchin, Donnelly, and Heitkamp were the only three Senate Democrats who voted for Neil Gorsuch’s confirmation to the Supreme Court last year. Yet all three senators are carefully toeing the fallback line set by Schumer to remain noncommittal about Kavanaugh, to give Schumer room to maneuver.”
Severino called the Democratic senators out for being noncommittal and cited polls of voters showing support for Kavanaugh in their home states.
“The numbers hold strong for those who self-identify as independents: In Indiana, 48 percent of independents favor confirmation of Kavanaugh, versus 34 percent who oppose. In North Dakota, 60 percent of independents want to see Kavanaugh confirmed versus 18 percent who don’t,” the article reads.
“Donnelly and Heitkamp have the chance to prove that they are not beholden to the obstructionist liberal leadership of their party, but rather are true representatives of the interests of their respective states,” she concluded. “Time will tell as to where their loyalties lie.”
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