Maine politicians weighing in on President Trump's Supreme Court nominee

Judge Brett Kavanaugh nominated by President Donald Trump to the Supreme Court. | Image Source: US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit / MGN

WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Trump on Monday nominated Judge Brett Kavanaugh to fill Justice Anthony Kennedy’s seat on the Supreme Court.

Senator Susan Collins says she is thoroughly reviewing the new nominee.

“Judge Kavanaugh has impressive credentials and extensive experience, having served more than a decade on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals," said Collins. "I will conduct a careful, thorough vetting of the President’s nominee to the Supreme Court, as I have done with the five previous Supreme Court Justices whom I have considered. I look forward to Judge Kavanaugh’s public hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee and to questioning him in a meeting in my office.”

Senator Angus King was more critical of the nomination.

“It’s troubling that the President’s search for a potential Supreme Court Justice seemed to start and end with a list of names supplied by an outside group,” said King. “Tonight’s selection of Judge Brett Kavanaugh, who was included on this list, seems to be the culmination of a process that further erodes traditional norms. This is one of the most consequential decisions any Senator will make, and in evaluating Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination, I will thoroughly and thoughtfully research his positions, record, and judicial temperament – but I will do so with some skepticism, because the President has made clear, both on the campaign trail and after being sworn in, the type of Supreme Court Justice he would seek to nominate with regard to important issues like a woman’s right to choose, the Affordable Care Act and the limits of executive power. I am inclined to take him at his word that he would find a nominee who meets his criteria – but his standards and mine are vastly different on these topics. I’ve voted against ideologically extreme judges who do not reflect Maine’s values a number of times before, and, if my research indicates that Judge Kavanaugh is another such nominee, I will not hesitate to do so again.”

Congressman Bruce Poliquin also released a statement on the subject.

“Brett Kavanaugh has an impressive tenure of service, as a jurist and as a clerk at the Supreme Court," said Poliquin. "While the House of Representatives is not involved in the nomination process, I’m hopeful the White House will work with the Senate, including Senators Collins and King, on approving a Justice for the Supreme Court who will serve Mainers and the Nation dutifully and honorably.”