Governor DeWine, Ohio lawmakers weigh in on Trump’s nomination for Supreme Court

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WJW) — Governor Mike DeWine is showing his support for President Trump’s nomination of Amy Coney Barrett for the Supreme Court.

Trump announced her as his pick during a White House ceremony on Saturday.

Barrett currently serves as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

“As President of the United States, President Trump has the constitutional obligation to put forward a U.S. Supreme Court nominee, and I applaud his selection of Judge Amy Coney Barrett, who is both highly qualified and highly respected,” Gov. DeWine wrote in a series of tweets.

“In addition to her distinguished judicial career, Judge Coney Barrett is a mother of seven, a constitutional scholar, and an esteemed law professor. Her prior writings and judicial opinions show she’ll interpret the law fairly and impartially.”

He concluded by urging the U.S. Senate to act quickly in confirming the nomination.

Congressman Rob Portman (R-OH) also showed his support in a public statement.

“I look forward to considering the nomination of Judge Barrett to serve as the next Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. Judge Barrett was confirmed by the Senate on October 31, 2017 for her current role as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. The job of a Supreme Court justice is to fairly and impartially apply the law and to protect our rights guaranteed by the Constitution, not to advance public policy goals by legislating from the bench. Judge Barrett has an impressive background and is highly regarded for her work as a judge and as a constitutional law professor at Notre Dame. I look forward to meeting with her in the coming weeks as she goes through a fair and thorough evaluation process.”

WASHINGTON, DC – SEPTEMBER 26: U.S. President Donald Trump (L) introduces 7th U.S. Circuit Court Judge Amy Coney Barrett as his nominee to the Supreme Court in the Rose Garden at the White House September 26, 2020 in Washington, DC. With 38 days until the election, Trump tapped Barrett to be his third Supreme Court nominee in just four years and to replace the late Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery on Tuesday. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Meanwhile, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) has taken a much different stance. She believes a vote to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg should wait until after the election.

“Amy Coney Barrett has a history of legal opinions that are inconsistent with the progress working people have fought so hard to achieve in this nation. The Declaration of Independence reads that Governments are instituted among the people, ‘deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.’ By large margins, Americans want Ruth Bader Ginsberg’s replacement for the Supreme Court to be selected by the winner of November’s presidential election, consistent with Ginsberg’s final wish. After blocking President Obama’s Supreme Court pick to replace Justice Antonin Scalia for over a year, Mitch McConnell will now rush to fill the Ginsburg vacancy with Coney Barrett in less than 40 days. Our Supreme Court was designed by the Founders to be a neutral interpreter of the law, holding the Executive Branch and Congress accountable to the Constitution and the law. That all falls apart when one party stacks the court in their favor for a generation. There should be no confirmation until inauguration.”

Congressman Sherrod Brown (D-OH) expressed similar concerns.

“The Supreme Court has enormous influence over the lives of Ohioans, and any nominee must be willing to defend their rights to make their own health care decisions, collectively bargain for safe workplaces and fair pay, and to be protected from discrimination and Wall Street greed. Americans are already voting, and deserve to have a say on the court that will decide the fate of their health care, workplace safety, criminal justice reform, and civil rights. The Senate should not be voting on a nominee to fill Justice Ginsburg’s seat on the Court until after inauguration. This is a power grab by President Trump and Mitch McConnell when they should be focused on COVID relief for the millions struggling amid this public health and economic crisis. I have serious concerns about Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s rulings against women’s rights and civil rights and her record of siding with corporations over workers, and the American people deserve to have a say in whether or not she is their nominee to replace Justice Ginsburg.”

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