Pennsylvania Senator, Conservative Democrat Casey To Oppose Trump SCOTUS Pick
Pennsylvania Senator Bob Casey, who is considered a Conservative Democrat in a large swing state during Presidential elections says he will not support President Trump's pick to fill the vacant U.S. Supreme Court seat that will be left by retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy.
In a Monday release, Senator Casey says that Trump plans on using a list of 25 possible candidates for the nation's highest court from the Conservative-leaning Heritage Foundation. In the release, Casey calls Heritage "an extreme Right organization", and that the list "is the bidding of corporate special interests hell-bent on handing health care over to insurance companies, crushing unions...promoting policies that will leave the middle class further behind."
Casey is one of several Democrat Senators in either "red" states that lean Republican or swing states facing re-election this year, including Senator Claire McCaskill in Missouri and Senator Joe Manchin in West Virginia. Since the Senate votes to approve the president's pick for the high court, these senators could face very high political consequences on how they vote.
Moderate Republican Senator Susan Collins has said that she would likely oppose any "activist" Conservative picks President Trump might make.
President Trump is scheduled to announce his pick Monday night from the White House, and by late Monday morning, political insiders reported that he still had not finalized who it will be.