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Moran’s Remarks Anger Conservatives

Associated Press - March 25, 2016 3:35 pm

Jerry Moran is the former representative of the Big 1st District and a current Senator representing Kansas.

WASHINGTON (AP) – A Kansas senator’s comments expressing support for Senate consideration of President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court pick have angered conservatives and underscored the passion the issue stirs in both parties’ activists.

Republican Sen. Jerry Moran made the remarks at events in Kansas this week, days after Obama nominated Merrick Garland for the vacancy. They were reported by local newspapers and came to national attention days later.

According to reports in The Garden City Telegram and Dodge City Daily Globe, Moran said he favored Senate Judiciary Committee hearings and indicated an openness to a full Senate vote. He said it was extremely unlikely he’d back the nominee.

One conservative group, the Judicial Crisis Network, said “caving into” Obama was not serving Kansans.

Keely Denning

March 25, 2016 at 8:19 pm

Oh for petes sake! This issue is hurting the republican party, making them look like a bunch of whinny brats having a fit!
Moran is right when he says they need to do the hearings, but he has already decided he would not back the nominee?
I have always supported Moran in the Senate, but this is too much… I have decided that even though I do not know who is running against him, I plan to vote for that person…

Larry Elmquist

March 26, 2016 at 4:13 pm

He said it was extremely unlikely he’d back the nominee. Without hearings and interviews this is a statement formed from ignorance, something Moran has developed to an art form.

Fred Fredrickson

March 26, 2016 at 4:59 pm

“Formed from ignorance?” Garland has been on the D.C. Circuit since 1997 and has a long track record. He’s far from an unknown quantity. Moran is simply being honest. Given Garland’s history he IS unlikely to get his vote.
I doubt this will hurt the Republican party. It certainly didn’t hurt then Senator Barack Obama when he joined the filibuster of Samuel Alito’s nomination.

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