Local Reaction to SCOTUS Nomination

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President Barack Obama nominated federal judge, Merrick Garland, to replace the late Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court. 

Click HERE to read more about Wednesday’s nomination. 

Garland, the Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals from the District of Columbia Circuit, is widely seen as a moderate.

Some senate republicans said President Obama’s successor should be allowed to choose the next Supreme Court Justice.

Once the president has made a nomination, the ball is in the  senate’s court  to “advise and consent” by holding a confirmation hearing, but some republicans said they will not even do that.  
 
Midwestern State University Political Science Chair, Dr. Steve Garrison, said one reason some lawmakers oppose the nominee is because many of them are also up for re-election soon. 
 
Locally, a representative from the Wichita County Republican Party, said President Obama will have a difficult time getting anyone in that seat, unless they are a staunch conservative.
 
“But he didn’t have an overwhelming support from conservatives and that’s the issue right now,” Stephen Garner with the Wichita County Republican Party said. “Conservatives control both houses of congress and the senate specifically. And I think it’s just going to be very difficult for Obama to get through someone who is not a staunch conservative.” 
 
The local Democratic party said they feel like the senate is not doing its job by refusing to hold hearings or a vote. 
 
“If it turned out to be up or down, that’s fine,” John Richie with the Wichita County Democratic Party said. “Let’s just have the process…. I mean that’s all we’re asking for. That’s what the American people are asking for.” 
 
Richie says this eight person Supreme Court is a bad thing because if the vote ties, then it will go back down to the lower court and no precedents will be set in certain important cases. 

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