Sen. Kelly Ayotte Thinks Trump’s Shortlist to Fill the Supreme Court Vacancy Is “a Good Start”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 12, 2016

Contact: Linds Jakows at People For the American Way

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Thursday at the Cigna/Elliot 5K Road race in downtown Manchester, Sen. Kelly Ayotte revealed a level of trust in Donald Trump’s ability to choose a qualified Supreme Court justice when questioned by a Manchester voter.

Ayotte, who has repeatedly ignored the vast majority of Granite Staters who want her to do her constitutional duty and support moving forward with hearings and a vote for Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland, seemed unconcerned with the particulars of Trump’s judgement regarding the next Supreme Court justice, but said she’d looked at the list and thinks it’s a “good start.”

See her answer here.

Linds Jakows, New Hampshire Campaign Organizer with progressive advocacy group People For the American Way, said:

“Ayotte tries hard to brand herself as independent and bipartisan, but this is just one of many examples of falling in lock step with her party leadership, who would prefer to put the future of the Supreme Court in Donald Trump’s reckless hands rather than confirm the highly respected Merrick Garland, who received the highest possible rating from the American Bar Association and has waited longer for a hearing than any nominee. Ayotte cannot, for example, pretend to champion women’s reproductive health while approving a shortlist that contains justices that would overturn Roe v. Wade, among other troubling views on issues like LGBT discrimination.”

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