Tallahassee, FL – Today Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) announced that he would not support the confirmation of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court, despite having supported Gorsuch’s nomination to the Tenth Circuit Court in 2006.
Last week Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) also stated his commitment to filibuster against Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch and deny Gorsuch an up-or-down vote. Since, a number of Democrat Senators have followed suit.
Neil Gorsuch, a graduate of Harvard law who was confirmed to the Tenth Circuit Court with unanimous and bipartisan support, enjoys the support of most Americans, including registered voters and Independents, per recent polling. The American Bar Association gave Judge Neil Gorsuch its highest rating, unanimously declaring him “well-qualified.”
Concerned Veterans for America (CVA) Florida Coalitions Director Diego Echeverri issued the following statement:
“Senator Nelson’s flip-flop on Neil Gorsuch shows that he cares more about appeasing Chuck Schumer than doing right by Floridians, who want this vacancy filled as soon as possible. As Nelson himself has pointed out in the past, Gorsuch is qualified and committed to respecting the rule of law. CVA will continue pushing members of the Senate to do the right thing until the moment Neil Gorsuch is confirmed to the Supreme Court bench.”
CVA is engaged in a unique and unprecedented grassroots effort to help confirm Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court bench. The group has made over 300,000 calls to constituents in eleven targeted states, including 35,000 calls in Florida alone, asking them to contact their Senator and urge them to confirm Gorsuch without delay. The group has also launched web ads, two waves of direct mail, and is promoting a digital tool which allows constituents to contact their Senators directly via Facebook, Twitter, and email.
Most recently, CVA led a coalition of over 56 major conservative groups – including Heritage Action, Judicial Crisis Network, and Americans for Tax Reform – and sent a letter to the Senate in Gorsuch’s support.