WASHINGTON, DC (WBRE/WYOU) – U.S. Senator Pat Toomey sided with a majority of Senate Republicans late Monday, urging President Barack Obama to hold off nominating a replacement for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.
In response to his opponent’s choice Admiral Joe Sestak wants U.S. Senator Pat Toomey to focus on his duties to Pennsylvanians Ahead of Republican Obstructionism in Washington D.C. and to vote to fill vacancy for the Supreme Court.
Admiral Joe Sestak said, “It is time for Pat Toomey to fulfill his duty to the people of Pennsylvania and vow to quickly confirm a new Supreme Court Justice – rather than marching lockstep with obstructionist Republicans in Washington DC.Toomey must end his commitment to his obstructionist ideology so that our nation’s highest court can operate as our Founding Fathers intended, without interference from the Senate Republicans who have vowed to not even consider a new appointee to fill Justice Scalia’s vacancy on the Supreme Court. With so many pressing issues before the Court, the Senate must to act swiftly to consider whoever President Obama nominates to the court.”
The president made it clear he will name a nomination rather than leave the seat vacant for the next 10 months.
Scalia died this past weekend of natural causes, a death which has put a new twist on the U.S. Presidential race.
Shortly after his death, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) stated the body will not consider any nomination to fill the vacancy put forth by President Obama, and said the nomination should be made by the next president after the November general election.
Toomey had been asked over the weekend whether he would side with the conservative GOP demand, but had waived off an answer for several days.
Late Monday, Toomey issued a written statement saying “I have long stated my belief that objective qualifications and adherence to the rule of law should matter more than ideology when it comes to judicial appointments. I have acted accordingly, working closely with Senator Bob Casey on filling 16 vacancies on the federal bench in Pennsylvania and supporting numerous appointments by President Obama, including his appointment of Justice Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court.”
That support of Sotomayor prompted may political watchers to question whether Toomey would break ranks with his GOP colleagues to vote for an Obama nominee.
“President Obama insists that he will nominate someone for the Court. He certainly has the authority to do so, but let’s be clear – his nominee will be rejected by the Senate.”
Toomey also questioned whether any nominee would be able to withstand the intense partisan and media scrutiny of a selection process so closely tied to the presidential race.
“There has already been too much politicking around the issue of his replacement. This decision should not be rushed, and it should not be made amid the clamoring of a presidential election season. We should honor Justice Scalia’s legacy, and we should put off a decision on his replacement until the newly-elected president can make his or her choice.”