STATEWIDE – After President Donald Trump nominated Federal Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court on Saturday, some of Maine’s politicians responded with statements.
Sen. Angus King criticized the nomination saying, “the latest a Supreme Court nominee has ever been confirmed during an election year was July 26.” He said this was in 1892.
King said he will study her testimony ahead of the Senate’s vote but will not support her nomination before the election results are clear or if there will be a new president.
U.S. Senate candidate Sara Gideon released a statement saying she believes the vacancy should be filled by the new Senate and president.
“Mitch McConnell and Donald Trump are again working to reshape the judiciary with a distinct political agenda by pushing forward a nominee against the will of the American people,” Gideon said.
Congresswoman Chellie Pingree said Trump is rushing to create “a conservative super majority,”
“We know Judge Barrett must have passed President Trump’s anti-women’s health litmus test to be nominated by him,” Pingree said.
2nd Congressional District candidate for the House of Representatives Dale Crafts supported the decision by questioning, “who has the right to say the president cannot exercise his constitutional authority?”
“I believe Amy Barrett has the qualification, record and recommendations to make an outstanding judge on the U.S. Supreme Court.”