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Conservative Leaders and Activists React to Judge Kavanaugh’s SCOTUS Nomination

Leonard Leo, Outside Adviser to President Trump on Supreme Court Confirmations:
“Brett Kavanaugh is among the most distinguished and respected judges in the country, with nearly 300 opinions that clearly demonstrate fairness and a commitment to interpreting the Constitution as it’s written, and enforcing the limits on government power contained in the Constitution.”

Ken Blackwell, Former Senior Domestic Policy Adviser to the Trump/Pence Transition:
“President Trump has made another superb selection for the Supreme Court. Judge Kavanaugh is an exceptionally qualified, fair and independent judge whose record demonstrates he will honor the Constitution and fairly apply the law. As such he is in the mold of Neil Gorsuch, and we look forward to his serving on the court for many years as another great justice.”

Jenny Beth Martin, Chairman of Tea Party Patriots Citizens Fund:
“Tea Party Patriots Action and our network of supporters and grassroots activists across the country thank President Donald Trump for nominating Brett Kavanaugh to be our next Supreme Court Justice. President Trump has once again fulfilled his promise to nominate a fair and independent Supreme Court Justice who will honor the Constitution and the rule of law. Judge Kavanaugh has a stellar record of as an originalist, and has proven to be a strong defender of the Second Amendment and freedom of speech and religion. Our network of grassroots activists will work very hard to ensure the Senate quickly moves to confirm Judge Kavanaugh.”

Penny Nance, President and CEO, Concerned Women for America:
“Judge Brett Kavanaugh is abundantly qualified to sit on the bench of the United States Supreme Court. He is among the best and brightest jurists on the appellate courts with a reputation of being fair and impartial in his decisions. Judge Kavanaugh is known as a judge who respects the Constitution as written, refusing to legislate from the bench.  This is what we need at this time on the U.S. Supreme Court.”

Former Attorney General, Ed Meese:
“With the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, President Trump has chosen a man who will be another great justice.  Judge Kavanaugh follows the same pattern as Justice Neil Gorsuch, a fair and independent jurist who will faithfully apply the law as written and honor the Constitution. The American people deserve a swift confirmation by the U.S. Senate so Judge Kavanaugh can take his seat on the high court when it reconvenes for the fall term in early October.”

Judicial Crisis Network Attorney and Spokeswoman, Gayle Trotter:
“When the Senate confirms Judge Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court the American people will have another great justice, as he has already shown to be an independent, fair-minded judge who will honor the Constitution and the rule of law. Once again, President Trump has shown how seriously he takes his responsibility to put the best judges on America’s courts.”

Heritage President, Kay Coles James:
“I applaud President Donald Trump for nominating Judge Brett Kavanaugh to be an associate justice on the Supreme Court of the United States. The president understands that his appointments to the High Court may very well be his longest-lasting legacy, and he has selected yet another highly-qualified individual who, like Neil Gorsuch, will be impartial, fair, and principled. It’s more important than ever that we have justices who are faithful to the Constitution and interpret the laws and Constitution according to their text and original meaning.

“As Ronald Reagan once remarked, ‘[U]nless judges are bound by the text of the Constitution, we will, in fact, no longer have a government of laws, but of men and women who are judges.’

“With the nomination of Judge Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, the American people have an opportunity to learn about the limited, but important, role the judiciary was designed to play in our system of government.”

Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List) President, Marjorie Dannenfelser:
“President Trump has made another outstanding choice in nominating Judge Brett Kavanaugh to replace Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, keeping his promise to nominate only originalist judges to the Court. Judge Kavanaugh is an experienced, principled jurist with a strong record of protecting life and constitutional rights, as evidenced by his opinions in Garza v. Hargan and Priests for Life v. HHS.

Club for Growth President, David McIntosh:
“President Trump has demonstrated his commitment to economic conservatism and the Constitution with his nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh today, just as he did last year with his nomination of Justice Neil Gorsuch. These decisions will reverberate for decades to come, as the Supreme Court considers cases relating to fundamental freedoms and the role of government in our society. President Trump’s legacy of Supreme Court nominees will be heralded for a long time. We urge the U.S. Senate to move quickly to confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh.”

Andrea Picciotti-Bayer is Legal Advisor for The Catholic Association Foundation:
“We applaud President Trump’s nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to become an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court.  Over the past 12 years sitting as a judge on the D.C. Circuit court of appeals – one of the most important appellate courts in the country — Judge Kavanaugh has shown himself to be a defender of the Constitution and the rule of law.  Kavanaugh knows the important role and boundaries of judicial precedent and the need for judicial restraint. A great protector of religious freedom, Judge Kavanaugh keenly observed during oral argument earlier this year that the DC transit authority’s categorical refusal to allow the Washington Archdiocese to promote it’s “Find the Perfect Gift” campaign was “pure discrimination.”  Similar to President Trump’s selection of Neil Gorsuch last year, the president’s choice of Judge Brett Kavanaugh promises another great Supreme Court justice who will faithfully serve the country and the Constitution. We urge the senate to put partisan politics aside and promptly confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh as the next Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court.”

Jeanne Mancini, President of the March for Life:
“President Trump has chosen another strong nominee in Judge Brett Kavanaugh. A graduate of Yale College and Law School, Judge Kavanaugh’s experience includes clerking for Supreme Court Justice Kennedy, service in the Executive Branch, private practice experience, and most recently twelve years working on the DC Circuit Court of Appeals. In addition to Kavanaugh’s excellent professional qualifications, he is a man of faith, a family man, and a girls basketball coach. He is exceptionally qualified for the role and will no doubt serve as a fair, independent judge who will remain faithful to the Constitution. According to the 2016 presidential election exit polls, one in five voters reported their primary motivating factor in voting was the Supreme Court, and of those voters, President Trump won a resounding 57%. We thank President Trump for delivering on his campaign promise by choosing another Gorsuch-like nominee. March for Life will work to assure that Judge Kavanaugh has a fair confirmation process so that we and the American public can learn more about this qualified nominee.”

 One Nation President and CEO, Steven Law:
“Judge Brett Kavanaugh is a constitutional conservative in the same tradition of Justice Kennedy and Justice Gorsuch. We applaud President Trump for the careful consideration he has given to this nomination, and are disappointed by those Senators who pre-determined their opposition to the President’s nominee before knowing who it was.”