The Hill: 21 GOP lieutenant governors sign letter backing Barrett confirmation

By Zack Budryk
The Hill
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.”