Along with Mr. McConnell and Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley of Iowa, the campaigns are targeting Sens.
When appointed to the bench in 2013, she was confirmed by the senate in a vote of 96-0, making her a strong candidate for the Supreme Court.
Republican leaders have so far rebuffed President Barack Obama’s appeal to hold confirmation hearings and a vote on a nominee, including in a face-to-face meeting on Tuesday at the White House that failed to budge them from their vow to block anyone he offers for the job. But once that happens, 48% say that if most or all Republicans in the Senate oppose Obama’s nominee, they would be justified in preventing a vote to confirm him or her.
The FBI has been conducting interviews with Kelly as part of the process to find a new justice, The New York Times reported Wednesday. Grassley spoke highly of Kelly during those hearings, congratulating her on the federal post.
Initially, Grassley said he would take it “a step at a time”.
With the battle over a Supreme Court nominee looming, the poll finds Obama has gotten a small boost in his approval rating over the last month, with 50% now saying they approve of his performance and 46% disapproving.
After Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died unexpectedly, the Senate GOP immediately pledged to obstruct any attempt by President Obama to fulfill his constitutional obligation to nominate a replacement. The Reagan appointee was widely seen as the leading conservative voice on the nation’s highest court. The court only has eight justices now hearing arguments and is now facing serious cases that deal with immigration, abortion, affirmative action, labor unions and Obamacare.
According to The New York Times, Democrats have said privately that if Obama does select Kelly it may change Grassley’s stance on whether to hold hearings.
A new report from People For the American Way looks at four of the conservative groups driving this strategy, outlining their history and their goals for the federal judiciary. “So I, as much as anyone, know how important it is to be fair and impartial and make decisions on things other than bias, favor or prejudice”.