Statements from these Democrats are now putting pressure on 12 Senate Democrats who approved Gorsuch by voice vote in 2006
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.
Democrat Senators who voted for Gorsuch in 2006:
— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) February 1, 2017
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:
Pelosi calls Gorsuch "well outside of the mainstream" – someone not committed to Supreme Court precedents. #SCOTUS
— Edward M. Davis (@TeddyDavisCNN) February 1, 2017
Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA):
Ed Markey 2nd senator to announce opposition to Gorsuch: 'Confirms Trump wants a SCOTUS Justice who is outside the judicial mainstream.' pic.twitter.com/BPc3OiSw2e
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) February 1, 2017
Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH):
— Jacob Goldstein (@GoldsteinStreet) February 1, 2017
Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR):
Jeff Merkley’s statement accuses Republicans of trying to “pack” the court. pic.twitter.com/nOD4NtMeoM
— Mike Warren (@MichaelRWarren) February 1, 2017
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.
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