Reaction Mixed To Trump Supreme Court PickPosted: Updated:
Reaction to President Trump's Supreme Court is mixed, and in New York state and the north country, largely split along party lines.
Monday night, Trump nominated Appellate Court judge Brett Kavanaugh to the seat now held by Anthony Kennedy, who is retiring. Kavanaugh is deeply conservative, and there will likely be a major fight over his confirmation between Republicans and Democrats in the U.S. Senate.
"I am pleased with the President’s nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court," north country congresswoman - and fellow Republican - Elise Stefanik tweeted Monday night. "Judge Kavanaugh has dedicated his life to public service and is an excellent choice who will uphold the U.S. Constitution,"
Democrats in New York state weren't so kind.
Governor Andrew Cuomo said Kavanaugh would "deliver a devastating blow to American values."
"Kavanaugh is an extreme conservative with a clear partisan record."
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand said she will oppose Kavanaugh's confirmation: "“If Brett Kavanaugh is confirmed, he would tip the balance of the Supreme Court even more against workers’ rights, civil rights, and women’s rights for decades to come."
And Senate minority leader Charles Schumer, New York's other U.S. Senator, told CBS This Morning that he will oppose Kavanaugh's confirmation "with everything I've got."
Kavanaugh is beginning the process of meeting with members of the Senate this week. That will be followed by confirmation hearings; Republicans have said they want him in place by the first Monday in October, when the Supreme Court's next term begins.