Gardner says he’s open to voting to fill SCOTUS vacancy, dealing major blow to Dems

Senator Cory Gardner has sided with the Trump/GOP push to fill the SCOTUS vacancy left by Ruth Bader Ginsburg before the election, dealing a major blow to Democrat hopes to block the move.

Gardner is considered a vulnerable Senator that is trailing in polls to his November opponent John Hickenlooper. Many Democrats had hoped that Gardner may go against his party in an attempt to improve his positioning in his Senate race

Instead Gardner wrote in a statement “When a President exercises constitutional authority to nominate a judge for the Supreme Court vacancy, the Senate must decide how to best fulfill its constitutional duty of advice and consent. I have and will continue to support judicial nominees who protect our Constitution, not legislate from the bench, and uphold the law. Should a qualified nominee who meets this criteria be put forward, I will vote to confirm.”

Gardner’s opponent John Hickenlooper responded by tweeting “Let’s vote him out.”