Neil Gorsuch has been going through the arduous process of his Supreme Court nomination. The division between Democrats and Republicans has shown in his hearings as Democrats have viciously attacked Gorsuch over his track record. But the division is not so deep that all Democrats are threatening to filibuster him. Some Senate Democrats have announced they will be voting for him!
On Thursday, Senator Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota announced she will vote for him to become a Supreme Court Justice. She states the following to a CNN reporter,
“After doing my due diligence by meeting with Judge Gorsuch and reviewing his record and testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, I’ve decided to vote in favor of his confirmation. He has a record as a balanced, meticulous, and well respected jurist who understands the rule of law. He has unique and critical experience with tribal sovereignty, Indian law, and public lands issues in the west, and has received the endorsement of numerous tribes and major Native American organizations.”
But Heitkamp did not pull any punches about criticizing Republican Senators for being unwilling to do the same for former President Obama’s nominee Merrick Garland. In response to that ordeal she said,
“This vote does not diminish how disturbed I am by what Republicans did to Judge Garland. Senate Republicans played politics at its worst. But I was taught that two wrongs don’t make a right.”
Shortly after Heitkamp announced her vote Democratic Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia said that he will be voting in favor of nominating Gorsuch. Manchin called Gorsuch honest and thoughtful and made the following statement,
“After considering his record, watching his testimony in front of the Judiciary Committee and meeting with him twice, I will vote to confirm him to be the ninth justice on the Supreme Court.”
In such a highly contentious political environment it is great to see that some public servants are willing to cross the aisle to do what is right. This country needs leaders and the longer we go without a Supreme Court Justice the longer average Americans hurt. Some issues are bipartisan problems. Just because these politicians identify with different political parties doesn’t mean they can’t work together. These Democrats proved just that.
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