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What Senate Democrats Are Hearing Back Home: “Brilliant Legal Mind,” “Masterful,” “Thoughtful, Wise” 

Editorial board across America have praised President Trump’s nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch — including from states such as West Virginia, Missouri, Michigan, Virginia, Colorado, New Hampshire, where they are calling on their Democrat Senators to put politics aside, hold an up-or-down vote, and support his confirmation:

West Virginia – Sen. Joe Manchin

Charleston Daily Gazette: “Neil Gorsuch A Great Pick For Supreme Court”  

  • “Neil Gorsuch has the qualities anyone considered for justice of the highest court should have: a strong understanding and respect for the nation’s founding document, the U.S. Constitution.”
  • “The Republican-controlled Senate was right to hold off its “consent” of Garland as a justice, preferring to await the election and hope for a much better pick. And Gorsuch is a much better pick.”

Missouri – Sen. Claire McCaskill

Kansas City Star: “A qualified and thoughtful jurist”

  • “The Coloradan Trump has chosen is a younger, calmer Antonin Scalia
  • “While progressives screaming ‘Do your job!’ outside Schumer’s window want him and other Democrats to say no to everything Trump says and does, that’s not a strategy that will work”

Michigan – Sen. Debbie Stabenow

The Detroit Free-Press: “A seasoned appellate judge respected by peers across the ideological spectrum.”

  • “His academic credentials and professional experience match those of some of his most distinguished predecessors; indeed, there is scarcely an elite legal circle in which he is not a card-carrying member.”
  • Democrat senators will be hard-pressed to obstruct Gorsuch’s nomination without doing further damage to both the court and their own institution.”

The Detroit News: “Neil Gorsuch is highly principled and deeply experienced, and is poised to become the intellectual leader of conservative jurisprudence.”

  • “Gorsuch is a masterful pick. His resume and background are beyond challenge.”
  • “He is a legal superstar and Democrats know it.”
  • “Again, there’s no disputing Neil Gorsuch’s qualifications for the court. His resume matches or exceeds that of any sitting justice.”

Virginia – Sen. Tim Kaine

Richmond Times-Dispatch: “Gorsuch’s personal qualities also have earned praise. His attitudes and approaches as an appellate judge seem to impress opponents of his judicial interpretations as well as supporters of them.”

  • “The Times-Dispatch believes Neil Gorsuch would be a valuable addition to a Supreme Court whose motto proclaims ‘Equal justice under law.’

The Washington Times: ” Donald Trump, rookie or not in the highest of all leagues, knocked one out of the park with his nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court.”

  • “The distinguished choice in the mold of the late Antonin Scalia who reveres the Constitution as it was written…”
  • “If Mr. Gorsuch is confirmed, as expected, it will be an occasion for defenders of the Constitution to celebrate.”

Colorado – Sen. Michael Bennet

The Denver Post: “Happily add us to those excited to see Colorado native Neil Gorsuch nominated to the U.S. Supreme Court.”

  • “Gorsuch is a brilliant legal mind and talented writer whom observers praise for his ability to apply the law fairly and consistently.”
  • “Neil Gorsuch would make a fine addition to the Supremes. We hope the Senate manages to place him on the high court in short order.”

Colorado Springs Gazette: “Trump could not have made a better Supreme Court appointment than Gorsuch.”

  • We want an originalist, Scalia-like judge because disciplined interpretation of the Constitution has kept this country prosperous and free for 241 years.”
  • “He is a defender of liberty and justice and stands the best chance of filling the prodigious void created by Scalia’s death.”

New Hampshire – Sens. Jeanne Shaheen & Maggie Hassan

New Hampshire Union Leader: “Colorado Judge Neil Gorsuch is an excellent choice to fill the vacant seat on the U.S. Supreme Court, and fulfills President Donald Trump’s campaign promise to pick a worthy successor to Justice Antonin Scalia.”

  • “Neil Gorsuch would be a stellar addition to the court, and we endorse his confirmation.”

Massachusetts – Sens. Elizabeth Warren & Ed Markey

Boston Herald: “Any senator who votes to oppose the nomination of Neil M. Gorsuch to fill a vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court will have done so motivated by blind partisanship — or revenge.”

  • “There is simply no credible case to make that President Trump’s nominee is insufficiently qualified or unreasonably out of the judicial mainstream.”
  • “He boasts a flawless resume. He is praised for his temperament and clear writing. He deserves fair consideration and speedy confirmation.”

California – Sens. Dianne Feinstein & Kamala Harris

San Diego Union – Tribune: “Gorsuch is an impressive jurist, and that judgment goes beyond his Harvard law background, his clerking for two U.S. Supreme Court justices and the acclaim he’s received as a judge and professor.”

  • “If Gorsuch does well in his nomination hearings and if no red flags emerge in the heavy scrutiny he is likely to face in coming weeks, he deserves confirmation.”

Illinois – Sens. Dick Durbin & Tammy Duckworth

Chicago Sun-Times: “Hold a hearing. Vet the nominee. Take a vote.”

  • “Senate Democrats should be wary of trying to block the confirmation of Judge Neil M. Gorsuch…”
  • “Gorsuch is widely respected in legal circles, across the political spectrum, as a serious scholar committed to the rule of law.”
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