Republicans sought to step up pressure against Democratic U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin over her opposition to Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court.
On Monday, a group of nearly two dozen protesters gathered outside Baldwin’s Milwaukee office and in a later conference call Republican Party of Wisconsin chairman Andrew Hitt called Baldwin’s stance on the nomination “unfortunate.”
“I don’t think that’s what voters are looking for,” Hitt said. “I’m aware of the polls, but you know I think we need a full Supreme Court.”
A New York Times/Siena College national survey of likely voters released Sunday found 56% believe the winner of November’s presidential election should fill the vacancy left by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Forty-one percent said they wanted President Donald Trump to fill the seat before the election.
In a statement issued Saturday, Baldwin said: “I will not vote for a nominee to a lifetime appointment on the Supreme Court until after the American people have voted and our next President and new Senate have taken office.”
Baldwin and Democrats have charged that Republicans are trying to ram through the nomination, unlike four years ago when the GOP-led U.S. Senate refused to consider then-President Barack Obama’s pick of Merrick Garland to the high court.
Republican U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson supports Barrett’s nomination.
Hitt said Judge Barrett “is someone we can all look up to” but added that Democrats “are going to do whatever they can to drag this good woman through the mud.”
Will the court fight affect the election?
“I think it will impact it certainly and impact it in a very positive way,” Hitt said. “We know that a lot of people right here in Wisconsin were focused on the Supreme Court when they cast their ballot for President Trump in 2016. Now the president has a very long track record of appointing conservative jurists to the bench.”