Last weekend, President Donald Trump announced his nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. And while many Democratic senators have already said they will not even meet with Barrett, Republicans hold the majority in the upper chamber — and one major conservative group is doing its best to make sure the GOP stands together in its support of Trump’s nominee.
According to the Washington Examiner, Club for Growth is now releasing ads directed at two centrist GOP senators, Utah’s Mitt Romney and Alaska’s Lisa Murkowski, in a push to ensure Barrett’s confirmation.
“Brilliant, wise, impeccable temperament”
According to the Examiner, an ad set to air in Utah begins by characterizing Judge Barrett as “a woman of remarkable intellect and character.”
“Brilliant, wise, impeccable temperament,” the ad adds. “Faithful, impartial administration of the law. These words describe Judge Amy Coney Barrett aren’t partisan talking points. They were written by people who know judge Barrett best.”
The ad concludes by listing Romney’s Capitol Hill office telephone number. “Tell Sen. Romney: Confirm judge Barrett to the Supreme Court,” it urges voters. Take a look:
According to the Examiner, a similar ad has been produced that tells voters to contact Murkowski about Barrett.
Murkowski keeps door open
The Alaska senator has been non-committal on the issue of confirming Barrett, initially telling Alaska Public Media that she would not vote to confirm any nominee that the president put forward.
Her stance seemed to have softened by last week, however. “I know everybody wants to ask the question, ‘will you confirm the nominee?’” she told the outlet.
“We don’t have a nominee yet,” she said. “You and I don’t know who that is. And so I can’t confirm whether or not I can confirm a nominee when I don’t know who the nominee is.
“I do not support this process moving forward,” the Alaska Republican reaffirmed. “Now, having said that, this process is moving forward with or without me.”
For his part, Sen. Romney released a statement on Saturday that praised Barrett for being a “highly-respected jurist with distinguished legal and academic credentials.” The Utah senator added that he looks forward to personally meeting with her.