Kansas Republicans offer support for Trump’s Supreme Court pick

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President Donald Trump greets Judge Brett Kavanaugh, his Supreme Court nominee, in the East Room of the White House on Monday, July 9, 2018, in Washington.

TOPEKA – Both U.S. Senators from Kansas, as well as Gov. Jeff Colyer, issued statements of support Monday night for President Donald Trump’s latest nominee for a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court, while Democrats vowed to make the nomination a key issue in the upcoming midterm elections.

At a White House ceremony, Trump announced his nomination of Brett Kavanaugh, 53, a judge on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals since 2006, to fill the seat being vacated by the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy.

“Judge Kavanaugh has a solid reputation as a great legal mind,” Republican Sen. Pat Roberts said in a statement. “I take my responsibility of ‘advice and consent’ very seriously and look forward to the Judiciary Committee’s thorough vetting of Judge Kavanaugh’s record. I look forward to meeting Judge Kavanaugh and hope for a fair confirmation process.”

“As a former Supreme Court clerk for Justice Kennedy and current Judge for the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals since 2006, Judge Brett Kavanaugh is a well-qualified nominee with extensive experience in the legal field,” fellow Republican Sen. Jerry Moran said in a separate statement. “In the coming weeks, I will review Judge Kavanaugh’s body of legal writing and meet with him to discuss his interpretation of the law and make certain he will be a steadfast defender of our constitution.”

Republican Colyer, who is running for re-election in a contested GOP primary, also offered his support for Kavanaugh.

“I could not be more thrilled that President Trump has selected Judge Brett Kavanaugh to serve on the Supreme Court,” Colyer said in a statement. “For the first time in a long time we will have a majority of constitutional conservatives on the Supreme Court, who will defend liberty and adhere to the constitution as written.”

But Ethan Corson, executive director of the Kansas Democratic Party, said Kavanaugh’s nomination should be a voting issue in the upcoming elections.

“Kansans have known for a long time that they can’t count on the Trump administration or congressional Republicans to protect civil rights, voting rights, women’s access to health care, or longstanding environmental and labor standards,” Corson said in an email statement. “The nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court shows that we also can no longer count on our highest court to uphold these protections. That’s why from city commissions to the governor’s office, it has never been more important to elect Kansas Democrats to protect our rights and fight for our values at the state level.”


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