By Zack Budryk
October 7, 2020
Twenty-one Republican lieutenant governors urged Senate leadership to proceed with the confirmation of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court in a letter Monday.
The letter echoes comments by President Trump, calling a nine-justice high court essential in case of a disputed result in the 2020 election.
“It is critical that Americans exercise their right to vote with total confidence that a full, nine-member Court could examine any challenges to elections results without the potential of a tie vote,” the letter states. “We are confident that upon her confirmation, she will continue to exercise judicial restraint, interpret the law as it’s written, and respect the Constitution as it was originally laid out by our Framers.”
“Judge Barrett has an outstanding record as a fair and Constitutional jurist and will serve on the Court with great integrity,” Iowa Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg, the chair of the Republican Lieutenant Governors Association, said in a statement. “I am proud to join 20 of my Republican lieutenant governor colleagues from across the country in urging Senate leadership to expeditiously confirm her nomination.”
The letter is also signed by the lieutenant governors of Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas and Utah.
The letter comes the week after 22 GOP state attorneys general urged Barrett’s confirmation in a similar letter.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) have both said the committee and Senate will vote on Barrett’s nomination as scheduled even after committee members Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) tested positive for the coronavirus. The first hearing is scheduled for Oct. 12.