SCOTUS vacancies a factor in Moore-Jones contest?

Thursday, November 30, 2017
 | 
Chad Groening (OneNewsNow.com)

U.S. Supreme CourtThe chairman of Roy Moore's Senate campaign says potential vacancies on the Supreme Court make the upcoming Alabama contest all the more critical for conservatives concerned about the direction of the nation's highest court.

Speculation continues that Justice Anthony Kennedy, the longest-serving member on the Supreme Court, may announce his retirement. Appointed by President Ronald Reagan in 1988, Kennedy – who in February will have served 30 years on the bench – has often voted with liberal justices on issues concerning LGBT rights, abortion restrictions, and affirmative action.

CNN recently reported that liberals are concerned that before he leaves office Trump might also get to nominate replacements for two liberal justices: Ruth Bader Ginsberg and Stephen Breyer – both of whom were appointed by then-President Bill Clinton.

Bill Armistead, chairman of the Roy Moore for Senate Campaign, says that President Trump has "some very fine candidates" on his list of prospective Supreme Court justices – but argues that the appointment of any of those individuals would be jeopardized if Alabama sends a Democrat to the Senate.

"Of course the rumor is that Justice Kennedy is going to step down from the Supreme Court," says Armistead. "If that happens, then all eyes really need to be focused on very clearly that this race is so important. You cannot have a Doug Jones [Moore's Democratic opponent] up there who's an extreme liberal Democrat doing all he can to deny Donald Trump his nominee on the Supreme Court."

On the other hand, says Armistead, a Senator Roy Moore would be fighting to get confirmation of Trump's future Supreme Court nominees.

"Whether or not Kennedy steps down, I don't know. But I do know the that likelihood [is high] that there's going to be a vacancy sometime during President Trump's term and Senator Moore's [potential] term," he continues, "and we would much rather have someone supporting the nominee of President Trump as opposed to having someone ... fighting to deny Donald Trump his choice for the Supreme Court."

Alabama's special election is set for December 12.

Consider Supporting Us?

The staff at Onenewsnow.com strives daily to bring you news from a biblical perspective. If you benefit from this platform and want others to know about it please consider a generous gift today.

MAKE A DONATION

Comments

We moderate all reader comments, usually within 24 hours of posting (longer on weekends). Please limit your comment to 300 words or less and ensure it addresses the article - NOT another reader's comments. Comments that contain a link (URL), an inordinate number of words in ALL CAPS, rude remarks directed at other readers, or profanity/vulgarity will not be approved. More details

SIGN UP FOR OUR DAILY NEWSBRIEF

SUBSCRIBE

VOTE IN OUR POLL

What's your reaction after learning Peter Strzok was escorted out of the FBI building this week?

CAST YOUR VOTE

GET PUSH NOTIFICATIONS

SUBSCRIBE

LATEST AP HEADLINES

GOP struggles to salvage immigration bill, postpones vote
ABC orders 'Roseanne' spinoff for fall minus Roseanne Barr
Charles Krauthammer, prominent conservative voice, has died
2 Koreas meet to arrange reunions of war-split families
House rejects conservative immigration bill, postpones vote on another
Trump's immigration order sparks confusion, deep concern
White House proposes merging education, labor

LATEST FROM THE WEB

FBI: Sexual assaults increasing on flights, women and unaccompanied kids at highest risk
NATO chief says alliance might not survive
Chris Pratt uncorks some truth in a Hollywood culture of lies
DOJ employee among commie mob that hounded DHS Secretary out of Mexican restaurant
Rise of the robots: A bad argument for a bigger welfare state

CARTOON OF THE DAY

Cartoon of the Day

REASON & COMPANY

NEXT STORY
'Hush fund' may soon not be so hush-hush

1 storm clouds over U.S. CapitolMembers of Congress who have used taxpayer money to quiet their sexual harassment accusers could very well be identified under legislation being put forth by several of their colleagues.