Almost immediately after President Trump nominated 53-year old Judge Brett Kavanaugh Monday evening to the U.S. Supreme Court, the political left began working to kill the nomination while conservatives began rallying to ensure his confirmation.
Here is a sample of reaction from Florida’s elected leaders:
Senator Marco Rubio – “Brett Kavanaugh is a qualified, mainstream jurist who possesses the right temperament and experience for the position, and I’m pleased to see his nomination to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court. My decision on whether to ultimately support Kavanaugh’s nomination will be based on his commitment to original intent, judicial restraint, and the understanding that the Supreme Court is a ‘trier of law’ appellate court and not a ‘trier of fact’ trial court. This is critically important because too many in the federal judicial system today believe it is appropriate for judges to craft new policies and rights instead of interpreting and defending the Constitution as written.”
Senator Bill Nelson, who voted against Kavanaugh when he was confirmed to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals – “I look forward to meeting with Judge Kavanaugh to discuss his views on several issues such as protecting women’s rights, guaranteeing access to health care for those with pre-existing conditions & protecting the right to vote, just to name a few. I’ll make my decision after that.”
Governor Rick Scott – “I am glad President Trump nominated Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court and look forward to learning more about his record. Even though Bill Nelson pledged last week he would vote against the nominee without knowing who it was, he needs to do his job and give him a fair hearing. Unlike Nelson, I actually waited on commenting on the nominee until there was one.”
Congressman Ron DeSantis, Republican candidate for Governor –
With nomination of Kavanaugh, it’s clear @POTUS has selected someone who understands Constitution & can apply constitutional principles in persuasive way. Whether Kavanaugh will be a fearless defender of Constitution in mold of Justice Thomas remains to be seen. Let’s hope so!
— Ron DeSantis (@RepDeSantis) July 10, 2018
Agriculture Candidate Adam Putnam, Republican candidate for Governor –
— Adam Putnam (@adamputnam) July 10, 2018
Gwen Graham, Democrat candidate for Governor –
Florida: this is not a drill. @realDonaldTrump has nominated another Supreme Court justice who does not believe women have the right to make our own health care decisions.
If Brett Kavanaugh is appointed to the court, Roe v. Wade is gravely at risk of being overturned.
— Gwen Graham (@GwenGraham) July 10, 2018
Chris King, Democrat candidate for Governor –
President Trump has selected a nominee who threatens the fundamental rights that so many of us hold dear. It’s time to elect leaders who will fight for the families across America who are under attack — no matter what Donald Trump and his allies have to say about it. https://t.co/8MXJMM8imE
— Chris King (@ChrisKingFL) July 10, 2018
Andrew Gillum, Democrat candidate for Governor –
With his pick of Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump has done everything in his power to push the Supreme Court into the world of ultra-conservatism. A woman’s right to make her own health care decisions is at risk. Voting rights are at risk. Collective bargaining is at risk.
— Andrew Gillum (@AndrewGillum) July 10, 2018
Philip Levine, Democrat candidate for Governor –
Any Supreme Court nominee who won’t defend the precedent of Roe vs. Wade, and who won’t protect the civil rights of LGBTQ Americans, should be rejected. Period. pic.twitter.com/G9HCebLmzg
— Mayor Philip Levine (@MayorLevine) July 10, 2018