Senator Portman continues to face fallout across the state for abandoning his constitutional responsibilities
COLUMBUS, OH — In the wake of Senator Rob Portman’s refusal to do his job and even consider a new Supreme Court Justice, even more Ohioans are calling him out for prioritizing his dysfunctional, insider-Washington politics at the expense of his constitutional responsibilities.
Here’s what they’re saying:
Jim Obergefell, plaintiff in last year’s historic Supreme Court case Obergefell v. Hodges, which legalized same-sex marriage across the United States, took Sen. Portman to task for not realizing the importance of having a full bench as the Court hears cases:
WKSU: The Victor in the Landmark Gay Marriage Case Pressures Portman Over Supreme Court Appointment. “Obergefell is urging U.S. Sen. Rob Portman to do his part to find a new justice so future cases don’t end up in ties. ‘With that type of split, it would be up to the lower courts to give the final word on cases that impact millions of Americans. Tying the hands of the high court for two terms severely undermines the rule of law and ignores many important legal questions unresolved.’”
Mike Gillis of the Ohio AFL-CIO says if he followed Sen. Portman’s example and didn’t do his job he would be fired:
Cleveland Plain Dealer: Sen. Rob Portman refusing to do his job. “If I refused to do my job, I would be fired. It's just that simple. That is why it is so disheartening to know that U.S. Sen. Rob Portman is refusing to do his job when it comes to filling the Supreme Court vacancy recently created by the passing of Justice Antonin Scalia… Sen. Portman is wrong. He should allow the president's nominee to have fair hearing and an up-or-down vote. This is his job. And if Sen. Portman continues to refuse to do his job, we should get busy finding someone who will.”
Steve Dettelbach, a former U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, said, "Portman’s argument was weak and not supported by law:"
WCPO Cincinnati: Critics, activists demand Ohio senator to allow confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee. “This idea that somehow the presidential term is informally shortened by almost one-fourth -- after the people have elected the president -- just doesn’t seem to find any home in the Constitution.”
Former Ohio Supreme Court Justice Andy Douglas condemned his fellow Republicans like Senator Portman for his blatant obstructionism:
Toledo Blade: Ex-justice says GOP must look at a nominee. “As I read the U.S. Constitution, it is not only the prerogative of the President to nominate someone to fill a vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court, it is also the President’s duty,” former state Justice Andy Douglas said in a statement read Thursday at a news conference outside U.S. Sen. Rob Portman’s Columbus office. “I am disappointed in, and discouraged by, those who have predetermined that any nominee will not be given a fair hearing or any hearing at all,” wrote the former Toledo councilman. “American citizens deserve better than this.”
Toledo Blade: Do your job, Senator Portman. “Ohioans are tired of Washington partisan politics as usual and of “leaders” who are out of touch with their constituents… Mr. Portman needs to remember that he was elected by the people of Ohio, and that he is beholden to them and to the Constitution rather than to an obstructionist Senate Republican leader from across the Ohio River in Kentucky.Ohioans need Senator Portman to do his job. That means using his vote and his influence to see that any Supreme Court nominee gets a fair chance at confirmation. Anything less is an affront to the voters and to the Constitution.”
The Strickland campaign has launched a new website, DoYourJobRob.com, highlighting the voices of Ohioans who are condemning Senator Portman for his refusal to consider a new Supreme Court Justice, and asking them to share their stories of what would happen if they refused to do their jobs like Senator Portman is doing.