4 GOP Governors Refused To Sign In Support Of Amy Coney
The governors are New Hampshire‘s Chris Sununu, Massachusetts’ Charlie Baker, Vermont’s Phil Scott, and Maryland’s Larry Hogan. The President has been criticised in the past by all four. At the same time, Sununu has been less influential and vocal than the others.
A spokesman for Sununu told WMUR-TV that he had no position as governor in confirming the Supreme Court Justice. In favour of Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, Sununu did, however, sign letters.
Hogan has said that pushing through a Supreme Court nomination would be a mistake for Republicans.
“I think it would be a mistake for the Senate to ram through a nominee before the election on a partisan line vote—just as I think it would also be a mistake for the Democrats to question the integrity of the court or any of the nominees or try to pack the court,” he said.
Hogan was a vocal critic of the president and his treatment, in particular, of the COVID-19 pandemic. Considered a centrist, the political future of Hogan has become a subject of debate in a potentially post-Trump GOP.
Governor Baker of Massachusetts has protested against a rush to confirm a successor to the deceased Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. On September 23, he criticised the move. He was referring to how the Senate GOP declined to hold hearings in 2016 for President Barack Obama‘s nominee, Merrick Garland.
“Four years later — only because the circumstances have changed — the Republicans say ‘we need to move forward, it’s a critical issue for the country’ and the Democrats say no we should wait until after the election,” he said.
Phil Scott Urges Party To Respect Ginsburg Wishes
On September 19, a day after Ginsburg passed away, Vermont’s Phil Scott made his views clear. He urged his party, writing on Twitter, to respect her wish and not confirm anyone before the election.
“While it is important to take the time to mourn her passing, we must also follow precedent, as well as her dying wishes, and delay the appointment process until after Inauguration Day,” Scott said.
Recently, Baker gave a clear defence of mail-in voters, regularly criticised by the president. For refusing to commit explicitly to a peaceful transition of power, he criticised Trump. Scott has said that this year he’s not going to vote for Trump and may consider former Vice President Joe Biden.
Sununu has been less emphatic about waiting until after the election than his Republican colleagues. He agrees that a hearing should be held for Coney Barrett, other than refusing to sign the letter, he has not suggested opposing her nomination.
However, a majority of Republican governors have backed Coney Barrett. Their letter reads, in part : “As elected leaders of our states, we support a judicial philosophy like Judge Barrett’s that respects the roles of coequal branches of government and protects powers reserved to the states. Most importantly, Americans can trust Judge Barrett, because she will apply the text of the Constitution and statutes as written.”