Gavel Grab

Some Campaigns Over High Court Vacancy are Under Way

As President Obama was trimming his short list of Supreme Court candidates to three, according to news media reports, the White House and allies prepared a “coordinated media and political blitz,” the Republican National Committee launched a campaign in steadfast opposition, and a conservative group launched an ad campaign critical of a judge who has been mentioned as a potential nominee.

Bloomberg said the short list is made up of Judges Merrick Garland and Sri Srinivasan of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and Paul Watford of the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Leading Senate Republicans have pledged to block an Obama nominee, contending the choice should await the next president. Not all Republicans agree. “Tommy Thompson: Senate should hold hearings if Barack Obama nominates Supreme Court justice,” a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel blog reported about the former Wisconsin governor.

A Judicial Crisis Network ad campaign targeting federal Judge Jane Kelly of Iowa was launched, according to Politico, assailing “her work defending a client on child pornography charges who later was convicted of murder.” Other coverage included The Washington Post writing about Srinivasan, “Will the US Supreme Court get its first Asian American justice?”; Associated Press, “RNC Launches Campaign to Oppose Obama’s Supreme Court Pick”;  and Politico, “White House preps Supreme Court battle plan.”



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