Ted Strickland Statement on Senator Portman’s Continued Refusal To Consider New Supreme Court Justice

As Republican Senators from across the country state they are open to considering a new Supreme Court Justice and a new poll confirms that a clear majority of Ohioans disagree with Senator Portman’s refusal to even consider a replacement for Justice Scalia before the 2016 election, today Ted Strickland issued the following statement outside the Nathaniel R. Jones Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse, once again calling on Senator Portman to uphold his constitutional duty and vote on a new Supreme Court Justice:

“This poll confirms the obvious: Senator Portman’s continued refusal to uphold his constitutional duty and even consider a new Supreme Court Justice puts him wildly out of step with the the values that Ohioans care about. This is a clear and defining example of how Senator Portman is constantly prioritizing the agenda of the Washington Power brokers that he serves over the people of Ohio. And as more members of Senator Portman’s own Party rightfully speak out against his position, his decision to put the broken and dysfunctional politics of D.C. over his duty to the people of Ohio becomes even more irresponsible. The institutions of our democracy our at stake: it is past time for Senator Portman to follow the Constitution and do his job.”

Portman has faced a barrage of criticism from Ohio editorial boards for his position on the Supreme Court:

  • Toledo Blade editorial stated, “Creating a crisis in one of the three branches of the federal government is too high a price to pay for partisan advantage… Regrettably, Republican Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio, who is seeking re-election this year in a state that Mr. Obama won twice, has adopted his party’s indefensible line.”

  • An Akron Beacon Journal editorial stated that Portman “fell, predictably, into the party line… Yet the majority does have an obvious responsibility to see that the courts function, and to show respect for the will of voters.”

  • Columbus Dispatch editorial stated, “This is an affront to the president’s constitutional authority to nominate a justice. And it is an abdication of the Senate’s duty to “advise and consent” in confirming a nominee; it should consider an individual’s merits.”

  • A Youngstown Vindicator editorial stated that Portman is “demanding that Obama ignore the Constitution with regard to one of the most important duties of a president: the nomination of federal judges, including those for the U.S. Supreme Court.”

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