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Feb. 4 – Leaders from Georgia’s top two political parties weigh in on President Trump’s SCOTUS Nominee

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February 4, 2017 – Senator David Perdue of Georgia released a statement last week on President Trump’s nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.“Judge Gorsuch will honor the formidable, impressive legacy of defending the Constitution left by Justice Scalia,” said, applauding the nomination.

“President Donald J. Trump promised the American people he would nominate an unwavering supporter of the United States Constitution to the Supreme Court. He has now kept that promise. 

I personally applaud the president for nominating Judge Neil Gorsuch to serve on the United States Supreme Court. He is an outstanding choice. Throughout his career, Judge Gorsuch has been a stalwart standing strong in support of the United States Constitution. He has repeatedly shown his commitment to our country’s Founding Principles of economic opportunity, fiscal responsibility, limited government, and individual liberty. These principles have served to make our nation exceptional throughout our history. Each branch of government has the shared charge of preserving and protecting those rights for all Americans

Judge Gorsuch has led a remarkable career in both the public and private sectors, and has demonstrated a keen understanding and appreciation of the law. He has an outstanding academic record. He’s an outsider to the political nonsense here in this town. He has an impeccable judicial record and he is actually called a judge’s judge in the “Scalia mold.” He’s a mainstream judge. Actually, when he was confirmed in his current position, he was confirmed by 11 Democrats who are still in the this body today. Clearly, Judge Gorsuch will honor the formidable, impressive legacy of defending the Constitution left by Justice Scalia.

Throughout last year, I and other members of the Senate held our ground in saying no nominee to the Supreme Court should be confirmed until after the presidential election. We believed the American people deserved a voice in the process. We also knew that the hyper-partisanship and politics of a presidential election cycle should never have any place in the nomination and confirmation of a Supreme Court justice, which we all know is a lifetime appointment. 

The integrity of the Advice and Consent process, clearly spelled out in Article II, Section 2 of the Constitution was at stake. In protecting the integrity of this sacred Constitutional process, we did our job. Our position was exactly the same, ironically, held by former Vice President Biden, former Minority Leader Reid, and others in earlier times and in earlier arguments. Now, that President Trump has announced his nomination, it’s time to continue doing our job.” 

And, Sen. Perdue said, “I would remind my colleagues across the aisle that Republicans put aside political theater to confirm two justices to the Supreme Court under both President Obama and President Clinton. Now, President Trump has nominated Judge Neil Gorsuch, a principled judge who will put the Constitution of the United States, and the rights of all Americans, at the forefront of any decision he makes.”

There does not appear to be a press release from John Padgett, Georgia Republican Party Chairman

But, Democratic Party of Georgia Chair DuBose Porter issued a statement on Jan. 31, as well, regarding the Gorsuch nomination to serve on the Supreme Court.

“Hardworking Americans should be frightened by Trump’s nomination of Neil Gorsuch to serve on the Supreme Court. He has a well-documented history of favoring CEOs and corporations over the very people who drive our country’s economy. Georgia Democrats are more determined than ever to protect the rights of workers and organized labor unions.

“Trump has boldly stated that his pick would overturn Roe v. Wade. And true to form, Trump’s choice-Gorsuch—seems a likely candidate to do just that given his record of fighting for employers wanting to avoid the ACA requirements securing women access to contraception through their insurance.”

“Congressional Republicans stonewalled President Obama’s nominee for hundreds of days, leaving a vacancy on our nation’s highest court for absolutely no reason. The GOP’s naked obstructionism prevented our country from having a fully-functioning Supreme Court. Georgians are watching Senators Isakson and Perdue to see just how swiftly they roll over in submission to push Donald Trump’s pick through the confirmation process, proving they could have done their job during the Obama administration and just flat out chose not to.”

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