Rachel Silberstein in Capitol Confidential rounds up
different political opinion about President Donald Trump's nomination for the U.S. Supreme Court, Judge Brett Kavanaugh. Both of New York's senators are Democrats, and are opposing the nomination. Kirsten Gillibrand's statement read, in part, "If Brett Kavanaugh is confirmed, he would tip the balance of the Supreme Court even more against workers’ rights, civil rights, and women’s rights for decades to come. I do not think he is the right choice for our country, and I am going to vote against him and urge my colleagues to do the same. Chuck Schumer, who is minority leader, wrote on Twitter, "I will oppose Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination with everything I have, and I hope a bipartisan majority will do the same. The stakes are simply too high for anything less.... Judge Kavanaugh’s long track record of partisan politics comes w[ith] a long paper trail. The Senate must be able to access and adequately review all doc[ument]s, emails, and paperwork associated w[ith] Kavanaugh before the process moves forward." Rep. John Faso (R-Kinderhook) is in the House, and does not have a vote on the nomination. But he left a message on Twitter that read, in part, "President Trump's nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh is an excellent choice. Judge Kavanaugh has compiled an outstanding record on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. He has a long record of decisions being upheld by the Supreme Court and is someone who understands that the role of o judge is to interpret our Constitution and laws, and not make law from the bench." Democrat Paul Tonko, who represents Albany County and parts of Rensselaer County, wrote on Twitter, "President Trump’s [Supreme Court] nomination of Brett Kavanaugh extends his push to pack the court with extremists who support his misguided policies and will help insulate him from legal accountability for his past actions. The Senate should fulfill its Constitutional duty and decline."