Supreme Court-nominee Brett Kavanaugh
Supreme Court-nominee Brett Kavanaugh

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 –

Agriculture Candidate Adam Putnam, Republican candidate for Governor –


Gwen Graham, Democrat candidate for Governor –


Chris KingDemocrat candidate for Governor –

Andrew Gillum, Democrat candidate for Governor –


Philip Levine, Democrat candidate for Governor –