Republican Gov. Sandoval on short list for SCOTUS nominee

Update – 2/25, 1:53 p.m. EST: Gov. Sandoval issued a statement Thursday, which read: “Earlier today, I notified the White House that I do not wish to be considered at this time for possible nomination to the Supreme Court of the United States. I have also spoken to Senators Reid, Heller and McConnell and expressed the same desire to them. The notion of being considered for a seat on the highest court in the land is beyond humbling and I am incredibly grateful to have been mentioned.”

 

An anonymous source has indicated that Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval, a Republican, is at the top of the Obama Administration’s list as the Supreme Court nominee to replace Justice Antonin Scalia.

That’s going to be tough for Mitch McConnell and the rest of the Senate to turn down.

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid suggested a Republican, Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval, as a potential nominee. A source confirmed to CNN that the White House is vetting Sandoval, although he has not been actively involved in the process.

Reid has voiced support, and it will be tough for Republicans in the Senate to defend not pursuing confirmation of a Republican nominee. The ball is in their court.

 

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