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Democrats Are Calling Judge Gorsuch ‘Outside the Mainstream,’ But 12 Current Senate Dems Voted For Him in 2006

Statements from these Democrats are now putting pressure on 12 Senate Democrats who approved Gorsuch by voice vote in 2006

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Twelve Democrats who were in the Senate in 2006 when Judge Neil Gorsuch was nominated and confirmed unanimously by voice vote to serve on the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals are still in the Senate today.

But following President Trump’s announcement Tuesday night that he selected Gorsuch to fill the Supreme Court vacancy left by Justice Antonin Scalia’s death, Democrats blasted Gorsuch as “outside the mainstream” and “extreme”:

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi:

Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA):

Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH):

Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR):

Democrats are “splintering” over their strategy for how to handle the nomination of Gorsuch, and that struggle was on full display Tuesday night. While Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), who voted for Gorsuch in 2006, called him outside the “mainstream,” Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT) said, “Have a hearing and vote.”

Time will tell if Democrats will all be singing from the same sheet music anytime soon.