Two Republicans defied fellow party members by supporting a judiciary candidate for the nation’s highest court.
Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Mitt Romney (R-Utah) recently broke ranks with the GOP and promised to vote for U.S. Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson.
Murkowski agreed with Joe Biden’s selection based on the judge’s qualifications, judicial independence, demeanor, and temperament.
“After multiple in-depth conversations with Judge Jackson and deliberative review of her record and recent hearings, I will support her historic nomination to be an associate justice on the U.S. Supreme Court,” she said in a statement.
“While I have not and will not agree with all of judge Jackson’s decisions and opinions, her approach to cases is carefully considered and is generally well-reasoned,” she added.
Murkowski claimed her decision also sends a message to all colleagues to stop using judicial appointments as a vehicle for achieving political objectives.
“It also rests on my rejection of the corrosive politicization of the review process for Supreme Court nominees, which, on both sides of the aisle, is growing worse and more detached from reality by the year,” she said.
“I will support the motion to discharge judge Jackson’s nomination later tonight, and her confirmation later this week,” she added.
Romney applauded Jackson as a “well-qualified jurist and a person of honor.”
“While I do not expect to agree with every decision she may make on the court, I believe that she more than meets the standard of excellence and integrity,” he said on Twitter.
“I congratulate judge Jackson on her expected confirmation and look forward to her continued service to our nation,” he added.
I intend to vote in support of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s confirmation to be an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. My statement: pic.twitter.com/uGaxx8sJn5— Senator Mitt Romney (@SenatorRomney) April 4, 2022
Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) also recently supported Jackson’s nomination.
However, fellow Sens. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), and Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) ruled out voting in favor of the nominee.