Time: 10:25 a.m. CEST
The White House could nominate the Republican Governor from Nevada, Brian Sandoval for the empty vacancy in the Supreme Court, an unnamed sources were quoted by the Washington Post and other media in the United States.
Sandoval’s nomination could decrease political calculations in Congress with Senate Republicans, who would likely to see next president giving the nomination after Justice Antonin Scalia’s death. Two people, familiar with the process, said that, President Obama is considering Sandoval for the post, although the review process is in the early stage.
The Associated Press comments on possible nomination and says that it will give Obama opportunity to overcome possible blockade by Senate Republican in the election-year nomination. Senate Democrats plan to renew their demand that the Senate consider the president’s nominee, with hearing and a vote. Democrats plan to stand in front of the Supreme Court at noon on Thursday to push the Senate Republicans.
“The choice of Sandoval would upend the political dynamic and challenge the GOP,” the AP says, while liberal groups questioned the selections. “Sandoval’s checkered history on reproductive freedom should raise some serious flags – it certainly has for us,” said NARAL Pro-Choice America in a statement, as the AP says.
But, Sandoval, who is Nevada’s first Hispanic governor and supporter of abortion rights could test the GOP’s claims that voters in November and the next president make the lifetime appointment for the vacancy seat in the Supreme Court.
The AP adds that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said that regardless of whom Obama nominates, likely in the next few weeks, “This nomination will be determined by whoever wins the presidency in the fall.”
Despite the informations Mari St.Martin, Sandoval’s communications director explained that the White House has not contacted Governor Sandoval. “Neither Gov. Sandoval nor his staff has been contacted by or talked to the Obama administration regarding any potential vetting for the vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court,” she said, the AP published.
On Monday, Sandoval met with the Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid. During the governors’ meeting over the weekend, as the AP says, Sandoval mentioned he is honored with the mention of his name for the Supreme Court vacancy, but, “had heard nothing to think the Democratic president is considering him.”
The White House press secretary Josh Earnest did not comment the specific name for the nomination in the Supreme Court while regular press briefing at the White House on Wednesday. But, during the Q&A session on Twitter under hashtag #AskPressSec, Earnest pointed out that the current GOP opposition for President Obama even naming nominee for the Supreme Court is unprecedented. The White House itself said that since 1875, every Supreme Court nominee has received a Senate hearing or a vote.
In the two terms as a president, President Obama had two successful appointments in the Supreme Court, both women. The nominations were for Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan. In the guest blog post on the Supreme Court blog, “A responsibility I take seriously,” President Obama pointed out that with the Constitution’s right for the president to appoint judges to the Supreme Court, “it is a duty” he takes “seriously,” and he will “fulfill in the weeks ahead.”