Another Democratic senator in a red state says he’ll block POTUS’s Supreme Court nominee – Mark Abadi April 2017

Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., February 1, 2017.      REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington. | Thomson Reuters


Democratic Sen. Jon Tester said Sunday that he would vote against Judge Neil Gorsuch, President Donald Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court.

Gorsuch was “a smart man,” Tester said in a statement, “but that doesn’t make him right for a lifetime appointment to the US Supreme Court.”

“With Judge Gorsuch on the bench, I am deeply concerned that dark money will continue to drown out the voices and votes of citizens, the Court will stand between women and their doctors, and the government will reach into the private lives of citizens,” Tester continued.

“These are not Montana values, which is why I cannot support this nomination.”

Tester’s statement didn’t reference the FBI’s investigation into the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia, a talking point some Democrats have used to justify blocking the Gorsuch confirmation. It also made no mention of Merrick Garland, President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nominee whom Republican leaders did not grant a hearing.

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