Florida Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson announced today he opposes President Donald Trump‘s nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch for the Supreme Court.
And Nelson said he will support Democratic attempts to use a filibuster to block a vote on Gorsuch.
“Deciding whether to confirm a president’s nominee for the highest court in the land is a responsibility I take very seriously,” Nelson said in a statement released by his office this afternoon.
“Over the past few weeks, I have met with Judge Gorsuch, listened to the Judiciary Committee’s hearings and reviewed his record with an open mind. I have real concerns with his thinking on protecting the right to vote and allowing unlimited money in political campaigns. In addition, the judge has consistently sided with corporations over employees, as in the case of a freezing truck driver who, contrary to common sense, Judge Gorsuch would have allowed to be fired for abandoning his disabled rig during extreme weather conditions.”
Nelson added: “I will vote no on the motion to invoke cloture and, if that succeeds, I will vote no on his confirmation.”
With Nelson up for re-election next year in a state Trump narrowly carried in 2016, the National Republican Senatorial Committee was quick to criticize his announcement.
“Senator Bill Nelson proved to Floridians today that he no longer shares their values, and instead is more politically aligned with the liberal elite of Washington,” said NRSC spokeswoman Katie Martin. “Nelson has been in Washington too long and his move to ignore the will of voters in Florida will cost him his job in 2018.”