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More Than 100 N.C. Legislators Send Letter Supporting Confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh

By M.H. Cavanaugh
Christian Action League
August 31, 2018

RALEIGH – Thursday, North Carolina House Speaker, Rep. Tim Moore (R-Cleveland) and Senate President Pro Tem, Sen. Phil Berger (R-Rockingham), along with more than 100 other legislators sent a letter expressing support for Judge Brett Kavanaugh as the next Supreme Court Justice to fill retired Justice Anthony Kennedy’s vacant seat.

The confirmation process for Kavanaugh is expected to be one of the most heated battles in American history.

Kavanaugh is President Donald J. Trump’s second nomination to the High Court in 19 months. Neal Gorsuch was his first. The U.S. Senate confirmed Gorsuch in a vote of 54-45.

Kavanaugh is already making the rounds to Senate members and making his case for their approval.

Democrats are expected to hammer Kavanaugh on issues such as abortion, healthcare, gun rights, LGBTQ, religious liberty, Presidential authority, and others are likely to be considered during his tenure.

Kavanaugh needs 51 votes for confirmation. The U.S. Senate is currently made up of 51 Republicans and 49 Democrats. The vote is expected to go along party lines, but there could be some surprises.

Republican Senators Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska are pro-choice, which could affect their decision. Kavanaugh is a known conservative. There are also four Democratic Senators who voted for Gorsuch and are seeking re-election this year in states which Trump won. Those Senators are, Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Joe Manchin of West Virginia. Still, a wild-card at the moment is the person that will fill the Senate seat of the late Sen. John McCain.

 

The letter from North Carolina lawmakers is addressed to Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, where Kavanaugh must first be scrutinized. The Judiciary Committee has 11 Republicans and 10 Democrats. The letter was also addressed to North Carolina Senators Thom Tillis and Richard Burr. Tillis, like Grassley, serves on the Judiciary Committee too.

The full text of the letter reads:

Dear Sens. Grassley, Burr & Tillis,

We write to express our strong support for Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court.

As legislators, we have accepted the responsibility to faithfully represent the interests of our constituents in creating the laws that govern our state. We firmly believe that the judiciary’s role is to interpret those laws, not to use the power of the bench to circumvent the legislature and enact preferred policies. 

Judge Kavanaugh’s decisions throughout his distinguished judicial career make it clear that he will enforce the text, structure, and original understanding of the U.S. Constitution. He is a brilliant legal mind with impeccable credentials. On the merits, Judge Kavanaugh is a leading jurist on one of America’s top courts whose opinions are regularly cited throughout the country, and his confirmation should receive unanimous support.

We appreciate your work to advance the confirmation of an immensely qualified nominee through the political minefield. We stand ready to assist in any way we can to help ensure Judge Brett Kavanaugh becomes the next U.S. Supreme Court Justice.

Sincerely, 

Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger       North Carolina House Speaker Tim Moore                                                                    

Sen. John Alexander, 15th District Sen. Bill Rabon, 8th District
Sen. Deanna Ballard, 45th District Sen. Shirley Randleman, 30th District
Sen. Dan Barrett, 34th District Sen. Norman Sanderson, 2nd District
Sen. Dan Bishop, 39th District Sen. Vicky Sawyer, 44th District
Sen. Danny Britt, 13th District Sen. Jeff Tarte, 41st District
Sen. Harry Brown, 6th District Sen. Jerry Tillman, 29th District
Sen. Bill Cook, 1st District Sen. Tommy Tucker, 35th District
Sen. Warren Daniel, 46th District Sen. Trudy Wade, 27th District
Sen. Jim Davis, 50th District Sen. Andy Wells, 42nd District
Sen. Cathy Dunn, 33rd District Rep. Jay Adams, 96th District
Sen. Chuck Edwards, 48th District Rep. Dean Arp, 69th District
Sen. Rick Gunn, 24th District Rep. John Bell, 10th District
Sen. Kathy Harrington, 43rd District Rep. Hugh Blackwell, 86th District
Sen. Ralph Hise, 47th District Rep. John Blust, 62nd District
Sen. Rick Horner, 11th District Rep. James Boles, 52nd District
Sen. Brent Jackson, 10th District Rep. Beverly Boswell, 6th District
Sen. Joyce Krawiec, 31st District Rep. John Bradford, 98th District
Sen. Michael Lee, 9th District Rep. Bill Brawley, 103rd District
Sen. Tom McInnis, 25th District Rep. William Brisson, 22nd District
Sen. Paul Newton, 36th District Rep. Mark Brody, 55th District
Sen. Louis Pate, Jr., 7th District Rep. Dana Bumgardner, 109th District
Sen. Ronald Rabin, 12th District Rep. Justin Burr, 67th District
Rep. George Cleveland, 14th District Rep. Mike Clampitt, 119th District
Rep. Jeff Collins, 25th District Rep. Susan Martin, 8th District
Rep. Debra Conrad, 74th District Rep. Pat McElraft, 13th District
Rep. Kevin Corbin, 120th District Rep. Allen McNeill, 78th District
Rep. Ted Davis, 19th District Rep. Bob Muller, 16th District
Rep. Jimmy Dixon, 4th District Rep. Gregory Murphy, 9th District
Rep. Josh Dobson, 85th District Rep. Larry Pittman, 82nd District
Rep. Nelson Dollar, 36th District Rep. Michele Presnell, 118th District
Rep. Andy Dulin, 104th District Rep. Larry Potts, 81st District
Rep. Jeffrey Elmore, 94th District Rep. Dennis Riddell, 64th District
Rep. John Faircloth, 61st District Rep. David Rogers, 112th District
Rep. Carl Ford, 76th District Rep. Stephen Ross, 63rd District
Rep. John Fraley, 95th District Rep. Jason Saine, 97th District
Rep. Holly Grange, 20th District Rep. John Sauls, 51nd District
Rep. Destin Hall, 87th District Rep. Mitchell Setzer, 89th District
Rep. Kyle Hall, 91st District Rep. Phil Shepard, 15th District
Rep. Jon Hardister, 59th District Rep. Michael Speciale, 3rd District
Rep. Kelly Hastings, 110th District Rep. Bob Steinberg, 1st District
Rep. Cody Henson, 113th District Rep. Sarah Stevens, 90th District
Rep. Craig Horn, 68th District Rep. Scott Stone, 105th District
Rep. Julia Howard, 79th District Rep. Larry Strickland, 28th District
Rep. Pat Hurley, 70th District Rep. John Szoka, 45th District
Rep. Frank Iler, 17th District Rep. John Torbett, 108th District
Rep. Bert Jones, 65th District Rep. Rena Turner, 84th District
Rep. Brenden Jones, 46th District Rep. Harry Warren, 77th District
Rep. Jonathan Jordan, 93rd District Rep. Sam Watford, 80th District
Rep. Donny Lambeth, 75th District Rep. Donna White, 26th District
Rep. David Lewis, 53rd District Rep. Larry Yarborough, 2nd District
  Rep. Lee Zachary 73rd District

Rev. Mark Creech, executive director of the Christian Action League, said Kavanaugh’s confirmation would likely swing SCOTUS back to the Right for a generation or more, which could decide whether this Republic will survive.

“I am so thankful to Senator Berger and Speaker Moore, as well as the lawmakers who signed this letter to have the forethought to send it. The letter expresses well the urgency of Kavanaugh’s confirmation, especially at a time when people like Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York, and other leftist Senators are promising to do everything within their power to derail his appointment,” said Creech.

Just after President Trump nominated Kavanaugh back in July, North Carolina’s own Franklin Graham wrote in a Facebook post of the importance of Kavanaugh’s confirmation:

“Those on the progressive, socialist left are of course already enraged. Another conservative justice threatens their agendas and the direction they were trying to push this country. They are rallying their forces and had begun protesting even before the announcement was made! We need to thank God for this long-awaited opportunity to change the makeup of the U.S. Supreme Court. And we need to be faithful to pray for Judge Kavanaugh and his family during the very intense confirmation process.”