As SCOTUS Nomination Looms, Gardner Has Been “Consistent Ally of President Donald Trump when it Comes to Judicial Picks”
Gardner has voted for 98% of Trump’s nominees, including those deemed “not qualified” by the nonpartisan American Bar Association
Denver, CO – After Senator Cory Gardner “flip-flopped” on his 2016 commitment and now claims he will vote for a so-called “qualified” Supreme Court nominee even just weeks before the election, his record shows that he has been a “consistent ally of President Donald Trump when it comes to judicial picks” — even voting for several judicial nominees deemed “not qualified” by the nonpartisan American Bar Association.
Gardner’s record of voting for 98% of Trump’s judicial picks — voting to confirm all but 4 of Trump’s 214 judicial nominees — comes under laser focus after he gave the president the “pivotal” vote he needed to ram through a lifetime appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Here are some of the “not qualified” nominees that Gardner has already rubber stamped for Trump and McConnell:
- Justin Walker – Dubbed Mitch McConnell’s “protégé,” Walker lacked “any significant trial experience,” and called the Supreme Court’s opinion upholding the ACA “indefensible” and “catastrophic,” attacking the lifesaving law. Gardner first voted to confirm Walker to a district court last fall — then after less than a year, Gardner voted to promote him.
- Jonathan Kobes – The ABA found that Kobes didn’t have “the requisite experience” or “ability to fulfill the scholarly writing required of a United States Circuit Court Judge.”
- Steven Grasz – Grasz earned an astounding unanimous “not qualified” rating from the ABA while his anti-LGBT and rigid anti-choice agenda — including opposition to Roe v. Wade — was exposed.
- Charles Goodwin – The ABA found that Goodwin was frequently absent from the courtroom during his duties, earning him a “not qualified” rating.
- Sarah Pitlyk – Pitlyk is in lockstep with Gardner and McConnell in their crusade against the Affordable Care Act and also supports their efforts to restrict reproductive freedom.
- Lawrence VanDyke – The ABA deemed him “not qualified” as an “an ideologue” that would not affirmatively commit to treating LQBTQ matters fairly, and for lacking the “knowledge of the day-to-day practice.”