Not only is Judge Brett Kavanaugh highly qualified to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court, he’s exactly the type of jurist Virginians need to have sitting on the bench.
That was the consensus of three high-ranking Virginia Republican, speaking on a conference call today. Judge Kavanaugh’s single highest qualification is his respect for the U.S. Constitution, something clear in the more than 300 opinions he has issued from the bench, said Rep. Bob Goodlatte, Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee.
“I’m hopeful that the senate will act swiftly on Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination,” Goodlatte said.
Virginia is something of a frequent customer at the Supreme Court, added former Attorney General Jerry Kilgore. Solicitors General from the Commonwealth file a significant number of petitions before the high court, which makes it all the more important that not only is the panel at full strength, but also empaneled with jurists like Kavanaugh who respect the limits of Federal power.
"What’s most important to folks like me is his administrative law record, in that he’s been that one judge on the DC Circuit who is glad to tell federal agencies when they have overstepped their bounds,” Kilgore said. "He wants to make sure that Congress has given the authority to the Federal agency before they impose additional regulation on, whether it’s small businesses, corporations, or individuals across the country."
Democrats like Tim Kaine and Mark Warner have already expressed serous doubts about Kavanaugh before even meeting with him. That’s troubling, added House Majority Leader Todd Gilbert, R-Shenandoah. Kaine issued a series of “litmus tests,” making it clear he wouldn’t vote to confirm Judge Kavanaugh unless he was certain he knew how the judge would rule. Mark Warner didn’t go quite that far, but did say he was deeply concerned about the fact that President Trump’s list of justices was allegedly created by “ultra right wing” groups.
While it’s clear that Senators Warner and Kaine would much rather be voting on nominees appointed by Hillary Clinton, Americans thought otherwise and elected President Trump.
"I think they should carefully consider how well qualified this particular jurist is for this job and get on with business of vetting him and voting on him,” Gilbert said.
House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-6th
"This next Supreme Court Justice will help shape the legal landscape of our nation for decades to come, and it is vital that the Senate confirm an eminently qualified, honorable jurist who will strictly uphold the original intent of our Constitution. In Judge Kavanaugh, who has served on the Federal Circuit for 12 years President Trump has chosen an individual with a distinguished career on the Federal Bench who has proven that he respects the Constitution’s place in our system of government and is committed to upholding the principles enumerated in our nation’s most sacred document."
Former Virginia Attorney General Jerry Kilgore
"The Commonwealth of Virginia is there in the Supreme Court probably more than most states, simply because we follow a lot of briefs, we seek [certiorari] in a lot of cases to the Supreme Court. And this judge that the President has appointed and named will bring great qualifications to the job. He’s ready to hit the ground running having served on the, what we call the second highest court in the land, for the last 12 years. ... Judge Kavanaugh’s record on holding federal agencies accountable is very important. I’m hopeful that Senators Warner and Kaine will give Judge Kavanaugh a fair shake."
Virginia House Majority Leader Todd Gilbert
"I know that I saw Senator Kaine has a series of litmus tests that he rolled out, and Senator Warner was already saying that ultra-right wing groups were responsible for the vetting of this judge, or the judges that were under consideration... I know that our senators would prefer to vote on Hillary Clinton's nominees for the Supreme Court but that is not the case, and so I think they should carefully consider how well qualified this particular jurist is for this job and get on with business of vetting him and voting on him.”