Florida Delegation Reacts to Brett Kavanaugh Being Nominated to Supreme Court
Members of the Florida congressional delegation broke on party lines as they reacted to President Donald Trump nominating Brett Kavanaugh to be an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, replacing retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy.
Republicans from the Sunshine State quickly lined up behind the nomination.
“Brett Kavanaugh is a qualified, mainstream jurist who possesses the right temperament and experience for the position, and I’m pleased to see his nomination to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court,” said U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. “My decision on whether to ultimately support Kavanaugh’s nomination will be based on his commitment to original intent, judicial restraint, and the understanding that the Supreme Court is a ‘trier of law’ appellate court and not a ‘trier of fact’ trial court. This is critically important because too many in the federal judicial system today believe it is appropriate for judges to craft new policies and rights instead of interpreting and defending the Constitution as written.
“Regrettably, Senate Democrats made up their minds to oppose this nomination long before tonight’s announcement,” Rubio added. “I would remind them that just over a year-and-a-half ago the American people elected the president and a Republican-controlled Senate. Nevertheless, I am hopeful