Since Justice Kennedy announced his retirement from the Supreme Court, all talks shifted to who President Trump would be nominating. Now, we know that Brett Kavanaugh, an American Judge, is the President’s pick, and Florida lawmakers took to social media and released statements to share their thoughts on what Kavanaugh becoming a Supreme Court Justice means to them.
Governor Rick Scott took to twitter to say he was “glad President Trump nominated Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court and look forward to learning more about his record. Even though Bill Nelson pledged last week he would vote against the nominee without knowing who it was, he needs to do his job and give him a fair hearing. Unlike Nelson, I actually waited on commenting on the nominee until there was one.”
Scott’s opponent in the Senate race, Senator Bill Nelson, explained that he’s looking “forward to meeting with the president’s nominee in the coming weeks to discuss his views on several important issues such as protecting women’s rights, guaranteeing access to health care for those with pre-existing conditions and protecting the right to vote, just to name a few. I will make my decision after that.”
Former Congresswoman Gwen Graham shared her disagreement over Kavanaugh joining the Supreme Court by saying that the President “has nominated another Supreme Court justice who does not believe women have the right to make our own health care decisions. If Brett Kavanaugh is appointed to the court, Roe v. Wade is gravely at risk of being overturned. Florida: this is not a drill. If Roe v. Wadeis overturned and Adam Putnam or Ron DeSantis are elected governor, women will lose our rights to make our own health care decisions. They would outlaw abortion within a year and appoint judges who will decimate Florida’s constitutionally guaranteed right to privacy. As governor, I will veto any legislation that limits a woman’s right to choose and I will appoint state Supreme Court Justices who will uphold our right to make our own health care decisions.”
Her opponent in the Democratic gubernatorial race, Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, also said that “President Trump has done everything in his power to push the Supreme Court into the world of ultra-conservatism. A woman’s right to make her own health care decisions is at risk. Voting rights are at risk. Collective bargaining is at risk. Here in Florida, Rick Scott will try to stack our Supreme Court in his final hours in office. We must hold the line on the three impending Florida Supreme Court vacancies, and when I am Governor-Elect, my Administration will use every tool available to ensure Floridians have their voices heard in their justice system.”
Finally, Representative Matt Gaetz praised the pick by saying that “I commend President Trump for his selection of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. He is an excellent jurist, with a deep and abiding reverence for the Constitution. I have no doubt that, when confirmed, Justice Kavanaugh will serve America’s highest court with honor and integrity. I also commend President Trump for maintaining the same transparent selection process that he used when he appointed Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. Like Justice Gorsuch, Judge Kavanaugh was on President Trump’s list of potential candidates. Making this list available offered the American public great transparency, and an opportunity to learn about each potential candidate. With this nomination, President Trump has helped shape the future of jurisprudence in America for generations to come, by ensuring that the Supreme Court will faithfully uphold the Constitution as written. This is a good day for Judge Kavanaugh, for the rule of law, and for the United States of America.”