Neb. political leaders react to Supreme Court nominee


Mixed reaction is coming from Nebraska political leaders over President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee.

The president announced Brett Kavanaugh as his pick Monday.

Senator Deb Fischer was there.

“It was a privilege to be at the White House this evening when President Trump announced his nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court,” Sen. Fischer said in a statement. “As the Senate begins the confirmation process, I will be thoroughly reviewing Judge Kavanaugh’s record and I look forward to visiting with him in person.”

Senator Ben Sasse is a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which will hold hearings on the nominee. He released this statement:

"Brett Kavanaugh is a serious jurist known for careful deliberation. This doesn’t matter to many on the left. Sadly, the #Resistance is going to try to bork him by portraying him as a cross between Lex Luthor and Darth Vader. This isn’t the apocalypse – this is an opportunity to thoroughly review Kavanaugh’s record, debate this seriously, and celebrate our system of checks, balances, and limited government."

Governor Pete Ricketts praised the pick on Twitter.

“Thank you to @POTUS for nominating Judge Kavanaugh — a jurist with a proven record of respecting the Constitution. I urge the Senate to act quickly on the nomination and to ignore the defamatory tactics already being deployed by left-wing activists,” wrote Ricketts.

However, the head of the Nebraska Democratic Party said she’s concerned about the nominee. Chair Jane Fleming Kleeb released this statement:

“Judge Kavanaugh has extreme views on women’s reproductive rights and the law providing millions of Americans healthcare, including those of us with pre-existing conditions. Kavanaugh was pushed by right wing ideologues and big corporations who care about their wealth above all else and he will serve as a rubber stamp for Trumps’ extreme policies. Most concerning is Kavanaugh’s writings that Presidents should not have a basic checks and balances of their the executive powers while in office. We call on Nebraskans to email Senators Fischer and Sasse expressing concerns for Kavanaugh. Then sign up to serve as a Block Captain and commit to vote for Democrats on Nov. 6, 2018. We must stand up and stand together to ensure our country once again puts people first.”

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