Post submitted by HRC Law Fellow James Shygelski
Today, businessman and former ambassador Earle I. Mack urged Republican leaders to “stop being the unreasonable party” and confirm President Obama’s nominee, Merrick Garland, to fill the Supreme Court vacancy.
In a full page ad in The New York Times, Mack called upon “Republican hardliners in the Senate, blinded by politics,” to put aside the Presidential race and “acknowledge the danger facing our country by holding hostage the confirmation of Chief Judge Garland.” His endorsement of the president’s nominee praised the Chief Judge’s credentials and his history of being “fair in his rulings,” attributes that would make him “a fine Justice.”
This plea to the party, however, comes at a time when “polls show little hope for a long-shot Republican victory in the Presidential election,” and six Republican-held Senate seats are considered “endangered.”
Mack continued to warn leaders “it is far better to confirm a known variable” than to risk the loss of Republican credibility, control of the Senate, and the ability to confirm or reject future Presidential nominations.” In this effort to redeem the Republican legacy through confirmation, Mack hoped to send a message to the country that Republicans in Congress are “ready to work” and are not just “the party of no.”
HRC is committed to ending the obstruction of the judicial confirmation process, and earlier this year, HRC joined dozens of progressive advocacy organizations around the country for the #DoYourJob National Day of Action to urge Senate Republicans to fulfill their constitutional obligation and hold confirmation hearings for Garland’s nomination to the Supreme Court. In addition, last week, HRC hosted a call for LGBT and allied organizations to provide an update on the status of Garland’s nomination, what's at stake for the LGBT community and ways that groups can help advance the nomination. You can sign HRC’s petition calling on Senator Mitch McConnell to stop playing politics and to fulfill his constitutional obligation here.
To read the full ad, click here.