Sen. King Will Oppose Neil Gorsuch
U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) has announced his opposition to the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch for the Supreme Court.
In a statement released Tuesday, Sen. King said he opposes the nomination for several reasons.
Kind said he was put off by Gorsuch's refusal to answer questions about his judicial philosophy during his hearing.
"While at first coming across as sincere, personable and thoughtful, over time I found that his answers seemed, at best, increasingly evasive, and, at worst, simply not forthright."
King said he was left with no real conclusions about Gorsuch's judicial philosophy and some confusion about where he stood on certain issues.
He said appointing someone to the Supreme Court is permanent, and you don't get do-overs, which "makes it all the more important to understand as specifically as possible who or what we are voting for."
The Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday voted to send Gorsuch's nomination to the full Senate.
Senate Democrats say they have more than the 40 votes needed to sustain a filibuster, but Republicans are expected to invoke the so-called “nuclear option” to rewrite the rules and place Gorsuch on the Supreme Court.