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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Eldridge hits Boozman for refusal to consider Supreme Court nominee

Posted By on Wed, Mar 16, 2016 at 2:03 PM

Conner Eldridge, the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate against Republican Sen. John Boozman, hits Boozman for his refusal to consider President Obama's nomination of Merrick Garland to the  U.S. Supreme Court.

Boozman's statement — and that of a similarly obstructionist Sen. Tom Cotton — are here.

“The American people deserve to have this nominee fully vetted so they can make an informed decision and have their voices heard. But, Senator Boozman won’t even listen. Taxpayers are paying him $174,000 a year (plus benefits) – it seems to me he’s running out of excuses not to work.”

Republican Attorney General Leslie Rutledge naturally has pitched in on GOP obstructionism, suggesting that voters should have a say, though the Consitution gives nomination to the president and ratification to the Senate. She at least acknowledged Obama's power to make a nomination.

“With the unfortunate passing of Justice Antonin Scalia, the future direction of the U.S. Supreme Court is at stake,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “Today, President Obama has chosen to nominate Judge Merrick Garland. The President has this right, but the U.S. Senate has an equal right to advise and consent on this nomination and that right includes choosing not to act on the nomination. In the midst of a highly contested presidential election, Americans deserve their chance to weigh in on the appropriate direction for the Court, and I am optimistic that will occur in November.”
When voters twice elected President Obama, they twice signaled majority support for his court appointees, did they not? Is he not still president?

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