Sen. Johnson still refusing to listen on SCOTUS vacancy
As More Senators Take Garland Nomination Seriously, Johnson Remains in Lockstep with Obstructionist Fringe
Yesterday news broke that Republican Sens. Ayotte, Portman, Murkowski, and Flake are all set to meet with Judge Merrick Garland next week. After meeting with Garland, Republican Sen. Susan Collins is now “more convinced than ever” that Garland should get a hearing.
And today at lunch, Sen. Mark Kirk was spotted handing out memos to his Republican colleagues encouraging them to meet with Garland.
But despite the majority of Wisconsinites who want the Senate to do its job and hold hearings, Sen. Ron Johnson remains in lockstep behind the Koch brothers and the Republican lobbyists who have spent millions to obstruct the nomination process and Mitch McConnell who just yesterday said, “I think it’s safe to say that there will not be hearings or votes.”
Johnson himself was the first to admit that his obstruction is entirely due to partisan politics. But the Supreme Court should be a cause beyond politics. Even some Senate Republicans now seem to understand that. Unfortunately, Ron Johnson is not one of them.
Washington Post: GOP senator ‘more convinced than ever’ that Garland should get hearing
Wall Street Journal: Sen. Collins Urges Republican Colleagues to Meet With Supreme Court Nominee Garland
The Hill: Portman to meet Supreme Court nominee
Chicago Tribune: GOP senator meets with Garland, says hearings should be held
New York Times: Merrick Garland to Meet With More Republicans
Russ for Wisconsin
Press Releases by Russ Feingold
Russ for Wisconsin Raises Over $775,000 in Pre-Primary 95% of Contributions $100 or Less. Nearly 38,000 Wisconsin Contributors Since Campaign Launch
Below are excerpts of his remarks as prepared for delivery:
The AP has just reported that Sen. Johnson’s staff knew that the central claim in the Koch-backed $2 million smear campaign against Russ is a "total lie."
Now we know why Senator Johnson wouldn’t sign the Badger Pledge to keep these outside groups out of Wisconsin.