Several Republican Party members are backing the GOP Senate majority leader’s proposal to select a new justice.
Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has received key support from several senior party members to call a vote to decide who will replace the late U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) would be honored to vote in favor of a nominated replacement, especially since he is retiring from politics himself.
“No one should be surprised that a Republican Senate majority would vote on a Republican president’s Supreme Court nomination, even during a presidential election year,” he said in a statement. “I have voted to confirm Justices [John] Roberts, [Samuel] Alito, [Sonia] Sotomayor, [Neil] Gorsuch, and [Brett] Kavanaugh based upon their intelligence, character, and temperament. I will apply the same standard when I consider President Trump’s nomination to replace Justice Ginsburg.”
Alexander is unaware of any law prohibiting Congress from selecting a replacement.
“The Constitution gives senators the power to do it [and] the voters who elected them expect it,” he said. “Going back to George Washington, the Senate has confirmed many nominees to the Supreme Court during a presidential election year.”
The Democratic Party believes any appointment should happen after the upcoming election on Nov. 3. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi revealed she was still open to the idea of impeaching President Donald Trump again in order to postpone the selection of a new justice.
“We have our options, we have arrows in our quiver that I am not about to discuss right now,” she told ABC’s “This Week.” “The fact is we have a big challenge in our country, this president has threatened to not even accept the results of the election with statements he and his henchmen have made.”
Alexander admitted there were some extraordinary examples in American history where Congress was in a deadlock about which justice should be appointed. He believes there is nothing wrong with carrying out the job he was elected to do.
“It has refused to confirm several when the president and Senate majority were of different parties,” he said. “Senator McConnell is only doing what Democrat leaders have said they would do if the shoe were on the other foot.”
Atlanta Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Barbara Lagoa, Chicago Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Amy Coney Barrett, and White House Deputy Counsel Kate Comerford Todd are widely expected to be top contenders for the Supreme Court job according to the British Broadcasting Corporation.
Alexander will remember Ginsburg for her “decency, intelligence, and principle.”
“Her life inspired many Americans, especially young women,” he said on Twitter. “Her service to our country deserves great respect.”