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Read All About It: Gorsuch Praised Nationwide

- March 20, 2017

In States Across The Country, Commentators Have Applauded Judge Gorsuch's Credentials And Suitability For The Supreme Court


TOP TAKEAWAYS

  • Ever since President Trump nominated Judge Neil Gorsuch to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court, support has rolled in from around the country.
  • Editorial boards, columnists, and other observers have commended Judge Gorsuch's qualifications in state media, calling him a "legal superstar" who is "eminently qualified to serve on the Supreme Court," among other compliments.
  • While praising Judge Gorsuch, these people have also encouraged Democrats in the Senate to give Judge Gorsuch a fair hearing and an up-or-down vote, asking that they "set politics aside and approve Gorsuch to [the] Supreme Court."

GORSUCH HAS EARNED HIGH ACCLAIM IN NEWSPAPERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY

 

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Alabama

The Alabama Media Group's Elizabeth BeShears: "It Is A Person Like Judge Gorsuch Whom I Believe Our Founding Fathers Envisioned When They Laid Out The Idea Of The Supreme Court In Our Constitution." "This ability to unabashedly set aside political considerations and focus simply on what is right and what is just should encourage every American, for it is a person like Judge Gorsuch whom I believe our founding fathers envisioned when they laid out the idea of the Supreme Court in our Constitution." (Elizabeth BeShears, "Could SCOTUS Nominee Neil Gorsuch Be The Man Who Unites The Country," Alabama Media Group, 2/2/17)

Former Federal Judge John L. Carroll: Gorsuch Has "Absolutely Impeccable Credentials. You Can Not Attack His Background." ANCHOR: "You can't argue with his resume right?" JOHN CARROLL: "You cannot, I mean this is a judge who has absolutely impeccable credentials. You can not attack his background, his credentials or anything about him." (FOX 34's "Good Day Alabama," 2/1/17)

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Arizona

Len Musil, Attorney And Former Legal Clerk, Said That Voters Based Their Presidential Decision On The Type Of Judge Each Candidate Would Nominate To The Supreme Court, And In Choosing Gorsuch President Trump Fulfilled His Campaign Promise. "According to ABC News exit polling, more than one in five voters based their presidential decision primarily on what type of judge each candidate promised to nominate to the Supreme Court - and of those, 57 percent voted for Trump and only 40 percent for Clinton. Clearly, the American people wanted a conservative appointment. And by appointing Judge Neil Gorsuch, President Donald Trump has kept his promise to the American people to appoint a judge who will interpret the Constitution accurately, who will not legislate from the bench, and who will not substitute his own policy preferences for those of the American people." (Len Munsil, "My Turn: Gorsuch Is Supremely Qualified For High Court," The Arizona Republic , 2/14/17)

  • Musil: "Even Democrats Know Judge Gorsuch Is Supremely Qualified." "Even Democrats know Judge Gorsuch is supremely qualified. The United States Senate in 2006 confirmed his appointment to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit unanimously, meaning Judge Gorsuch received the support of every Democratic senator - including Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, John Kerry and Charles Schumer. Today's Senate should move quickly to confirm him to the United States Supreme Court, without delay or politically motivated opposition." (Len Munsil, "My Turn: Gorsuch Is Supremely Qualified For High Court," The Arizona Republic , 2/14/17)

California

San Francisco Chronicle Editorial Board: Gorsuch's "Scholarly Credentials Are Impeccable." "His scholarly credentials are impeccable: Columbia, Harvard, Oxford and Supreme Court clerk for Justices Byron 'Whizzer' White and Anthony Kennedy." (Editorial, "Democrats: Give Gorsuch Vetting, Hearing, Up-Or-Down Vote," San Francisco Chronicle , 1/31/17)

  • San Francisco Chronicle Editorial Headline: "Democrats: Give Gorsuch Vetting, Hearing, Up-Or-Down Vote." (Editorial, "Democrats: Give Gorsuch Vetting, Hearing, Up-Or-Down Vote," San Francisco Chronicle , 1/31/17)
  • San Francisco Chronicle Editorial Board: Gorsuch "Is Considered An Eloquent Writer, Regarded As An Originalist And A Textualist" In Interpreting The Constitution. "Gorsuch, a 49-year-old justice on the Denver-based 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, would appear to restore the court's conservative edge. He is considered an eloquent writer, regarded as an originalist and a textualist who interprets the Constitution by what he regards as its original intent." (Editorial, "Democrats: Give Gorsuch Vetting, Hearing, Up-Or-Down Vote," San Francisco Chronicle , 1/31/17)
  • San Francisco Chronicle Editorial Board: "In the End, Senate Democrats Should Fulfill Their Role Of 'Advise And Consent.'" "But, in the end, Senate Democrats should fulfill their role of 'advise and consent' by giving Gorsuch what Garland never received from Republicans: a fair hearing and an up-or-down vote on the Senate floor." (Editorial, "Democrats: Give Gorsuch Vetting, Hearing, Up-Or-Down Vote," San Francisco Chronicle , 1/31/17)

The San Diego Union-Tribune Editorial Headline: "Why Neil Gorsuch Is A Good Supreme Court Pick For Donald Trump" (Editorial, "Why Neil Gorsuch Is A Good Supreme Court Pick For Donald Trump," The San Diego Union-Tribune , 1/31/17)

  • The San Diego Union-Tribune Editorial Board: Gorsuch Is "An Impressive Jurist." "Gorsuch is an impressive jurist, and that judgment goes beyond his Harvard law background, his clerking for two U.S. Supreme Court justices and the acclaim he's received as a judge and professor." (Editorial, "Why Neil Gorsuch Is A Good Supreme Court Pick For Donald Trump," The San Diego Union-Tribune , 1/31/17)

The [San Jose] Mercury News Editorial Board: Judge Neil Gorsuch "Needs And Deserves A Full Hearing, Evaluation And Robust Debate." "President Donald Trump's nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court is on the table. The nominee needs and deserves a full hearing, evaluation and robust debate by Republicans and Democrats in the United States Senate." (Editorial, "Editorial: Trump Nominee Gorsuch Deserves Fair Hearing," The [San Jose, California] Mercury News , 2/1/17)

East Bay [San Francisco] Times Editorial Board: "Gorsuch's Legal Qualifications Are Excellent." "Just like Obama nominees Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagen before him, Gorsuch's legal qualifications are excellent." (Editorial, "Reject Gridlock, Give Gorsuch A Fair And Robust Hearing," East Bay Times , 2/1/17)

  • East Bay Times Editorial Board: "By Any Reasonable Legal Standard, Gorsuch's Work History Makes Him Eminently Qualified To Serve On The Supreme Court." (Editorial, "Reject Gridlock, Give Gorsuch A Fair And Robust Hearing," East Bay Times , 2/1/17)

Colorado

The Gazette Editorial Board: "Sen. Bennet Should Support Neil Gorsuch." (Editorial, "EDITORIAL: Sen. Bennet Should Support Neil Gorsuch," The Gazette , 2/26/17)

  • The Editorial Board Framed Bennet's Dilemma As Choosing Between His Party And The Best Interests Of The State Of Colorado. "If Bennet wants to show more unwaivering loyalty to the Democratic Party, he will do as requested by minority leadership. If he wants to do right by Colorado, he will make Gorsuch the only Coloradan on the Supreme Court since Byron "Whizzer" White, who retired in 1993 and remains the only Coloradan to serve on the court." (Editorial, "EDITORIAL: Sen. Bennet Should Support Neil Gorsuch," The Gazette , 2/26/17)
  • "To Vote Against Gorsuch, Bennet Would Favor His Party Over Someone Who Clearly Ranks Among The Top-Qualified Nominees In The Court's History." (Editorial, "EDITORIAL: Sen. Bennet Should Support Neil Gorsuch," The Gazette , 2/26/17)
  • "We Hope Bennet Votes In The Best Interest Of Colorado, The Court And The Country, Without Regard For Party Pressure To Act In Bitterness And Revenge. Gorsuch Should Be An Easy Decision For Colorado's Senior Senator." (Editorial, "EDITORIAL: Sen. Bennet Should Support Neil Gorsuch," The Gazette , 2/26/17)

The Denver Post Editorial Board: "Happily Add Us To Those Excited To See Colorado Native Neil Gorsuch Nominated To The U.S. Supreme Court." (Editorial, "A Coloradan On The Highest Court In The Land," The Denver Post , 2/1/17)

  • The Denver Post Editorial Board: "Gorsuch Is A Brilliant Legal Mind And Talented Writer Whom Observers Praise For His Ability To Apply The Law Fairly And Consistently." (Editorial, "A Coloradan On The Highest Court In The Land," The Denver Post , 2/1/17)
  • The Denver Post Editorial Board: "We Hope The Senate Manages To Place Him On The High Court In Short Order." (Editorial, "A Coloradan On The Highest Court In The Land," The Denver Post , 2/1/17)

The Colorado Spring Gazette Editorial Headline: "Trump Could Not Have Made A Better Supreme Court Appointment Than Colorado's Neil Gorsuch" (Editorial, "Trump Could Not Have Made A Better Supreme Court Appointment Than Colorado's Neil Gorsuch," The Colorado Springs Gazette , 1/31/17)

  • The Colorado Springs Gazette Editorial Board: Gorsuch Is "A Defender Of Liberty And Justice." "Trump could not have made a better Supreme Court appointment than Gorsuch. He is a defender of liberty and justice and stands the best chance of filling the prodigious void created by Scalia's death." (Editorial, "Trump Could Not Have Made A Better Supreme Court Appointment Than Colorado's Neil Gorsuch," The Colorado Springs Gazette , 1/31/17)

Boulder Daily Camera's Alex Burness: Gorsuch "Is Widely Respected Among His Disproportionately Liberal Peers, Colleagues And Students In Boulder, Who Describe Him As Brilliant, Thoughtful, And Charming." (Alex Burness, "Students Of Supreme Court Candidate Neil Gorsuch At CU Law School Cite Fairness, Dedication To Truth," Boulder Daily Camera , 1/31/17)

Longmont Times-Call Editorial Headline: "Gorsuch Will Be A Worthy U.S. Justice" (Editorial, "Gorsuch Will Be A Worthy U.S. Justice," Longmont Times-Call , 2/2/17)

  • Longmont Times-Call Editorial Board: Gorsuch Is An "Eminently Qualified Federal Appellate Judge For A Lifetime Appointment To The Nation's Highest Court." "Much to his credit, President Trump has nominated a resoundingly traditional, eminently qualified federal appellate judge for a lifetime appointment to the nation's highest court." (Editorial, "Gorsuch Will Be A Worthy U.S. Justice," Longmont Times-Call , 2/2/17)
  • Longmont Times-Call Editorial Board: "Gorsuch Will Make A Fine Jurist On The Supreme Court, And The U.S. Senate Should Process The Nomination Soon." (Editorial, "Gorsuch Will Be A Worthy U.S. Justice," Longmont Times-Call , 2/2/17)

Two Democrat Colorado Lawyers, Norm Brownstein And Steve Farber, Signed A Letter Saying That "Judge Gorsuch Is Exceptionally Well Qualified To Join The Supreme Court. He Deserves An Up Or Down Vote." "Brownstein and Farber founded the Denver-based firm now called Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck and the two men are some of the biggest political players in the state; Farber was a key member of the team that brought the 2008 Democratic National Convention to Denver. The two added their names to other self-described members of Colorado's legal community in saying: 'We hold a diverse set of political views as Republicans, Democrats, and Independents. Many of us have been critical of actions taken by President Trump. Nonetheless, we all agree that Judge Gorsuch is exceptionally well qualified to join the Supreme Court. He deserves an up or down vote.'" (Mark K. Matthews, "Prominent Colorado Attorneys Call For Neil Gorsuch To Be Confirmed," The Denver Post , 2/23/17)

Gorsuch's Former Legal Partner Mark Hansen: Gorsuch Has Shown "Resilience," "Strength," And "Steadfastness." "'If adversity shows the true character of a person, then Neil showed his resilience, his strength and steadfastness,' Hansen said of how Gorsuch handled a difficult case." (Elizabeth Aguilera, "10th Circuit Judge's Oath A Family Affair," The Denver Post , 1/24/17)

Denver Constitutional Lawyer Richard Westfall: Gorsuch Is "Incredibly Bright" And "Very Gracious." "Richard Westfall, a Denver lawyer who specializes in constitutional law, knows Gorsuch from the late 1980s, when both worked in a Washington law firm. Both were clerks for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Byron White and have kept in touch. Westfall said Gorsuch is 'incredibly bright' and characterized him as a 'principled conservative,' one who cares about people. 'He's conservative in views,' Westfall said, 'but very gracious and personable by disposition.'" (Alicia Caldwell, "Neil Gorsuch Is Pick For U.S. Appeals Court," The Denver Post , 5/9/06)

Boulder County, Colorado's Democrat District Attorney, Stan Garnett, Has Called Gorsuch "Very Ethical" And "Very Smart." "Boulder County District Attorney Stan Garnett, a Democrat, described Gorsuch as 'very ethical' and 'very smart.'" (Erica Meltzer, "Neil Gorsuch Is A Judge In The 'Scalia Mold,' And His Liberal Students Love Him," Denverite , 1/31/17)

Former Colorado Supreme Court Justice Rebecca Love Kourlis: Gorsuch Is "Plugged In To The Realities Of Litigation And Focused On Trying To Make The System Work Better." "'He is plugged in to the realities of litigation and focused on trying to make the system work better,' Kourlis said. 'That is music to our ears.'" (Kevin Simpson, "Neil Gorsuch: Elite Credentials, Conservative Western Roots Land Denver Native On SCOTUS List," The Denver Post , 12/11/16)

University Of Colorado Law Professor, Former Clerk To Justice John Paul Stevens, And Democrat Melissa Hart: Gorsuch "Will Work To Try To Form Consensus On The Court." ANCHOR: "Gorsuch was also a teacher at the University of Colorado's law school in boulder. Melissa Hart, a fellow professor at that school, says that while she may not always agree with his conclusions, she knows he reaches them through an honest intellectual process." MELISSA HART: "I think he will work to try to form consensus on the court. He knows what it means to work in a group of people to reach a decision. And although I don't think he's going to compromise on his principles, I think he will be someone who reaches to other people to try to form consensus." (KKTV's "11 News At 6 AM," 2/1/17)

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Above The Law's David Lat: Gorsuch Is "Impossible To Oppose." "'He has grabbed every brass ring,' said David Lat, managing editor of the legal website Above the Law. 'He's brilliant, conservative and impossible to oppose. That's a deadly combination for Democrats.'" (Mark K. Matthews, "Will Donald Trump Pick Colorado's Neil Gorsuch For Supreme Court?," The Denver Post , 1/30/17)

A Bipartisan Group Of Grand Junction Attorneys Signed A Letter Supporting Judge Gorsuch, Saying He Is "Fair, Decent And Honest, Both As A Judge And As A Person." "Several Grand Junction attorneys signed on to a letter urging two U.S. senators from Colorado to vote for Neil Gorsuch to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court. The Garfield County Commission also approved a letter of support for Gorsuch, who now sits on the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver. 'We know Judge Gorsuch to be a person of utmost character. He is fair, decent and honest, both as a judge and as a person.'" (Gary Harmon, "GJ Attorneys Urge A Vote On Gorsuch," The Daily Sentinel , 3/10/17)

  • Judge Gorsuch's "Record Shows That He Believes Strongly In The Independence Of The Judiciary." "'His record shows that he believes strongly in the independence of the judiciary,' says the attorneys' letter, which was signed by Republicans, Democrats and unaffiliated voters." (Gary Harmon, "GJ Attorneys Urge A Vote On Gorsuch," The Daily Sentinel , 3/10/17)

Florida

The Tampa Bay Times Editorial Headline: "Gorsuch Well-Qualified For Supreme Court, Deserves Senate Confirmation Vote" (Editorial, "Gorsuch Well-Qualified For Supreme Court, Deserves Senate Confirmation Vote," Tampa Bay Times , 2/1/17)

  • Tampa Bay Times Editorial Board: "Gorsuch Is A Well-Qualified" Nominee Who "Deserves Full Consideration And A Confirmation Vote By The Senate." " Gorsuch is a well-qualified conservative who would not tilt the Supreme Court's ideological balance, and he deserves full consideration and a confirmation vote by the Senate." (Editorial, "Gorsuch Well-Qualified For Supreme Court, Deserves Senate Confirmation Vote," Tampa Bay Times , 2/1/17)

South Florida Sun Sentinel Editorial Board: Gorsuch Is "Highly Qualified And Deserving Of An Up-Or-Down Vote." "From what's been reported, Trump's nominee, Neil Gorsuch, appears to be highly qualified and deserving of an up-or-down vote after intensive vetting." (Editorial, "Angry Democrats Should Give Gorsuch Proper Hearing," South Florida Sun Sentinel , 2/1/17)

  • South Florida Sun Sentinel Editorial Board: "Gorsuch Certainly Has Excellent Qualifications And Appears To Be A Distinguished Choice. He Deserves A Fair Hearing And A Vote." (Editorial, "Angry Democrats Should Give Gorsuch Proper Hearing," South Florida Sun Sentinel , 2/1/17)

Miami Herald Editorial Board: "Gorsuch Has The Perfect Credentials For The Position." "Gorsuch has the perfect credentials for the position: he studied at prestigious Harvard and Columbia universities; he has clerked for two Supreme Court justices, and has been a federal judge for many years, plus he hails from the West Coats, unlike all the other justices." (Editorial, "Don't Filibuster Supreme Court Nominee," Miami Herald , 2/3/17)

Pensacola News Journal Op-Ed: "Viewpoint: Veterans Support Judge Neil Gorsuch For Supreme Court." (Diego Echeverri, "Viewpoint: Veterans Support Judge Neil Gorsuch For Supreme Court," Pensacola News Journal , 3/10/17)

  • Echeverri: "Judge Gorsuch's Life Has Been Defined By Hard Work And Accomplishment." (Diego Echeverri, "Viewpoint: Veterans Support Judge Neil Gorsuch For Supreme Court," Pensacola News Journal , 3/10/17)
  • Echeverri: "Judge Gorsuch Demonstrated The Qualities And Character That We Need In A Supreme Court Justice" Throughout His Career. "In the years that followed, Judge Gorsuch demonstrated the qualities and character that we need in a Supreme Court justice. He understands that he, as a judge, is not a lawmaker, and does not inject his own personal beliefs or political positions into his legal decisions. He also understands that means he may not always like the outcome of cases before him, writing, 'A judge who likes every result he reaches is very likely a bad judge, reaching for results he prefers rather than those the law compels.'" (Diego Echeverri, "Viewpoint: Veterans Support Judge Neil Gorsuch For Supreme Court," Pensacola News Journal , 3/10/17)
  • Echeverri: "Gorsuch's Faithfulness To The Constitution Should Please Lawmakers Of Any Political Persuasion." "Gorsuch's faithfulness to the Constitution should please lawmakers of any political persuasion. He defends constitutional rights in any form-some of his decisions have emphasized the rights of criminal defendants, while others have supported reining in federal agencies and the power of the executive branch." (Diego Echeverri, "Viewpoint: Veterans Support Judge Neil Gorsuch For Supreme Court," Pensacola News Journal , 3/10/17)
  • Echeverri: "Through His Sense Of Fairness Judge Gorsuch Has Built A Sterling Reputation On The Tenth Circuit." (Diego Echeverri, "Viewpoint: Veterans Support Judge Neil Gorsuch For Supreme Court," Pensacola News Journal , 3/10/17)

Georgia

The Atlanta Journal Constitution Opinion Headline: "Trump Nails It With Choice Of Neil Gorsuch For Supreme Court." (Kyle Wingfield, Op-Ed, "Opinion: Trump Nails It With Choice Of Neil Gorsuch For Supreme Court," The Atlanta Journal-Constitution , 1/31/17)

  • The Atlanta Journal Constitution's Kyle Wingfield: Gorsuch "Has A Pristine Record And A Great Deal Of Respect From Liberal Legal Minds." "But our liberal friends might want to stop and think this one through. Not just because a dozen current Democratic senators - plus then-Sens. Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton and John Kerry - voted to confirm Gorsuch to the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in 2006. Not just because he has a pristine record and a great deal of respect from liberal legal minds." (Kyle Wingfield, Op-Ed, "Opinion: Trump Nails It With Choice Of Neil Gorsuch For Supreme Court," The Atlanta Journal-Constitution , 1/31/17)

Illinois

Chicago Tribune Editorial Board: Gorsuch Has A "Stellar Record." "Gorsuch doesn't have to prove anything his stellar record has established. It's up to Schumer and his colleagues to vet Gorsuch, preferably with open minds, and decide whether he'd be a good justice." (Editorial, "How To Judge Judge Gorsuch," Chicago Tribune , 2/1/17)

  • Chicago Tribune Editorial Board: "Early Reviews Suggest [Gorsuch Is] Fair-Minded, Brilliant, Collegial." " Early reviews suggest he's fair-minded, brilliant, collegial - and the sort of conservative Trump told voters he'd nominate." (Editorial, "How To Judge Judge Gorsuch," Chicago Tribune , 2/1/17)

Chicago Sun-Times Editorial: Gorsuch Is "Widely Respected In Legal Circles, Across The Political Spectrum." "Gorsuch is widely respected in legal circles, across the political spectrum, as a serious scholar committed to the rule of law." (Editorial, "Let's Hear What Judge Gorsuch Has To Say," Chicago Sun-Times , 2/1/17)

Iowa

Quad-City Times Editorial Board: Gorsuch "Is Exceedingly Qualified For The U.S. Supreme Court And Deserves An Up-Or-Down Vote." "Senate Democrats have two choices: Become everything they have slammed or accept that Neil Gorsuch probably is exceedingly qualified for the U.S. Supreme Court and deserves an up-or-down vote." (Editorial, "Editorial: Gorsuch Deserves Vote In Senate," The Quad-City Times , 2/3/17)

  • Quad-City Times Editorial Board: "Gorsuch Is Exceedingly Qualified. His Resume Is Long And Distinguished. His Writing Is Clear And Thoughtful." "At the very least, Gorsuch is exceedingly qualified. His resume is long and distinguished. His writing is clear and thoughtful." (Editorial, "Editorial: Gorsuch Deserves Vote In Senate," The Quad-City Times , 2/3/17)

Kansas

Kansas Solicitor General Stephen McAllister: Gorsuch Is "Very Diligent, Fair, And Intelligent." ANCHOR: "Professor Stephen McAllister says he is confident Gorsuch will be a fair justice." STEPHEN MCALLISTER: "He's a very diligent, fair, and intelligent person who will be very careful. He always is about every case. So he's not somebody who just says I know how I want this to come out. How do I get there? He's much more I've got to look at the text, I've got to look at the history. I'll look at the cases, what am I supposed to do as a judge?" (KCTV's "KCTV 5 News this Morning," 2/1/17)

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Maine

Michael Bopp: Gorsuch Is A "A Thoughtful And Compassionate Person Who Believes In The Dignity Of All People And Lives That Belief In All Aspects Of His Life." "He is the opposite - a thoughtful and compassionate person who believes in the dignity of all people and lives that belief in all aspects of his life. If confirmed, Neil will not follow anyone's agenda; he will follow the law." (Michael Bopp, Op-Ed, "Neil Gorsuch Is A Fair-Minded Judge Fit For Our Nation's Highest Court," The Bangor Daily-News , 3/7/17)

Maryland

The Baltimore Sun Editorial: Judge Gorsuch "Has A Strong Reputation As A Collegial And Modest Jurist Who Works Well With Those Across The Ideological Spectrum. "On the temperament front, he has a strong reputation as a collegial and modest jurist who works well with those across the ideological spectrum. He certainly made a good impression in his remarks Tuesday night." (Editorial, "Gorsuch Deserves A Fair Shake," The Baltimore Sun , 2/1/17)

  • The Baltimore Sun Editorial: Democrat Senators Should Participate In Gorsuch's Confirmation Hearing And "Allow His Confirmation To Come To A Vote." "But what Democratic senators should do, above all, is to meet with Judge Gorsuch. They should question him. They should attend and participate fully in his confirmation hearings. And, unless something truly disqualifying emerges, they should allow his nomination to come to a vote." (Editorial, "Gorsuch Deserves A Fair Shake," The Baltimore Sun , 2/1/17)

Massachusetts

Boston Herald Editorial Headline: "Confirm Gorsuch" (Editorial, "Confirm Gorsuch," Boston Herald , 2/2/17)

  • Boston Herald Editorial Board: Gorsuch Is "Lauded By Liberals And Conservatives Alike As A Brilliant Legal Mind." "[Gorsuch] is a traditional pick, lauded by liberals and conservatives alike as a brilliant legal mind in the mold of Scalia (only the conservatives like that last part, of course)." (Editorial, "Confirm Gorsuch," Boston Herald , 2/2/17)
  • Boston Herald Editorial Board: Gorsuch Has "A Flawless Resume" And "Deserves Fair Consideration And Speedy Confirmation." He boasts a flawless resume. He is praised for his temperament and clear writing. He deserves fair consideration and speedy confirmation." (Editorial, "Confirm Gorsuch," Boston Herald , 2/2/17)

The Worcester Telegram Editorial: "Judge Gorsuch Is More Than Qualified In Education, Experience, Judicial Record And Temperament." (Editorial, "Gorsuch Well Qualified To Take Scalia's Seat," The Worcester Telegram , 2/2/17)

  • Worcester Telegram Editorial: Gorsuch Is "A Well-Considered Selection." "Amid the insane swirl of action and immediate reaction of his first 12 days, Donald Trump has made a well-considered selection for the next justice of the Supreme Court." (Editorial, "Gorsuch Well Qualified To Take Scalia's Seat," The Worcester Telegram , 2/2/17)
  • Worcester Telegram Editorial Headline: "Gorsuch Well Qualified To Take Scalia's Seat" (Editorial, "Gorsuch Well Qualified To Take Scalia's Seat," The Worcester Telegram , 2/2/17)

Michigan

The Detroit News' David Savage: Gorsuch Is "A Clear, Impassioned Writer." "Like Scalia, Gorsuch, 49, who serves on the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver, is a well-respected conservative who believes judges should decide cases based on the law as it was understood when passed, not on how they think it should be. He's a clear, impassioned writer, albeit without Scalia's flare for biting sarcasm." (David G. Savage, "Gorsuch Could Fall Between Scalia And Kennedy," The Detroit News , 1/31/17)

The Detroit News Editorial Headline: "Trump's Pick Is Masterful" (Editorial, "Trump's Pick Is Masterful," The Detroit News , 2/1/17)

  • The Detroit News Editorial Board: "Gorsuch Is Highly Principled And Deeply Experienced, And Is Poised To Become The Intellectual Leader Of Conservative Jurisprudence." (Editorial, "Trump's Pick Is Masterful," The Detroit News , 2/1/17)
  • The Detroit News Editorial Board: "Donald Trump Could Hardly Have Done Better…" "Donald Trump could hardly have done better in his most important decision since becoming president - the nomination of a Supreme Court justice." (Editorial, "Trump's Pick Is Masterful," The Detroit News , 2/1/17)
  • The Detroit News: "[Gorsuch] Is A Legal Superstar And Democrats Know It." (Editorial, "Trump's Pick Is Masterful," The Detroit News , 2/1/17)

Detroit Free Press Editorial Board: "Neil Gorsuch Is A Man Any Number Of Conservative Republican Presidents Might Have Been Proud To Send To The Nation's Highest Court." (Editorial, "Neil Gorsuch, A Shrewd Choice For A Stolen Supreme Court Seat," Detroit Free Press , 2/1/17)

  • Detroit Free Press : "His Academic Credentials And Professional Experience Match Those Of Some Of His Most Distinguished Predecessors; Indeed, There Is Scarcely An Elite Legal Circle In Which He Is Not A Card-Carrying Member." (Editorial, "Neil Gorsuch, A Shrewd Choice For A Stolen Supreme Court Seat," Detroit Free Press , 2/1/17)
  • Detroit Free Press Editorial Board: Gorsuch Is "A Seasoned Appellate Judge Respected By Peers Across The Ideological Spectrum." "So it was with at least a modicum of relief that we learned the man the new president has nominated to succeed the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is not a renegade neophyte contemptuous of those who have come before him, but a seasoned appellate judge respected by peers across the ideological spectrum." (Editorial, "Neil Gorsuch, A Shrewd Choice For A Stolen Supreme Court Seat," Detroit Free Press , 2/1/17)

Minnesota

The [Minneapolis] Star Tribune Editorial Board: "We Hope Democrats Choose To Treat Gorsuch's Nomination With The Respect Due To The Court As Well As The Presidency As Coequal Branches Of Government." "We hope Democrats choose to treat Gorsuch's nomination with the respect due to the court as well as the presidency as coequal branches of government - doing their constitutional duty in precisely the way the Republicans were derelict last year." (Editorial, "Gorsuch Deserves Better Treatment Than Garland Got," [Minneapolis] Star Tribune , 2/1/17)

  • Star Tribune Editorial Board: "Gorsuch Is Plainly An Able And Thoughtful Jurist, A Skilled And Incisive Legal Writer." "Gorsuch is plainly an able and thoughtful jurist, a skilled and incisive legal writer. A conservative textualist and originalist, like Scalia, he is unlikely to favor court-led expansions of progressive social policies. But neither does he appear tolerant of government overreach, especially expansions of executive power. That could prove a valuable inclination in the years ahead." (Editorial, "Gorsuch Deserves Better Treatment Than Garland Got," [Minneapolis] Star Tribune , 2/1/17)
  • Star Tribune Editorial Board: "Gorsuch Is Simply, Undeniably, A Legitimate And Respectable Nominee." "Above all, Gorsuch is simply, undeniably, a legitimate and respectable nominee. In an often confusing and unsettling time, the Senate and the country can reclaim a measure of normalcy by giving him the fair opportunity he deserves to earn confirmation." (Editorial, "Gorsuch Deserves Better Treatment Than Garland Got," [Minneapolis] Star Tribune , 2/1/17)
  • Star Tribune Editorial Board: Democrats' Decision To Filibuster Or Not "Should Follow, Not Precede, An Honest Evaluation Of His Qualifications." "America needs a functioning Supreme Court that can resolve even those cases that closely divide the justices. That means filling the Scalia seat as soon as due deliberation allows. This does not mean that Democrats must promise not to filibuster the Gorsuch nomination - only that such a decision should follow, not precede, an honest evaluation of his qualifications." (Editorial, "Gorsuch Deserves Better Treatment Than Garland Got," [Minneapolis] Star Tribune , 2/1/17)

Missouri

The Kansas City Star Editorial Board: Gorsuch Is "A Qualified And Thoughtful Jurist." "The bad news, Democrats, is that President Donald Trump has selected a qualified and thoughtful jurist to fill the Supreme Court seat that coulda woulda shoulda gone to another fine mind and fine man, Merrick Garland." (Editorial, "In Neil Gorsuch, Trump Has Selected A Qualified And Conservative Jurist," The Kansas City Star , 2/1/17)

St. Louis Post-Dispatch Editorial Board: "Gorsuch Has Impeccable Legal Credentials." "Gorsuch has impeccable legal credentials, but then, so did Merrick Garland, whom President Barack Obama nominated for the same seat last year." (Editorial, "The Gorsuch Nomination Proves Partisanship Pays -- If You Have The Votes," St. Louis Post-Dispatch , 2/1/17)

Montana

Montana State Judge Russell Fagg: "The Selection Of Judge Gorsuch Is A Home Run. He Will Make An Excellent Supreme Court Justice." "In the end analysis, I believe the selection of Judge Gorsuch is a home run. He will make an excellent Supreme Court justice and should be confirmed without delay." (Russell Fagg, Op-Ed, "Supreme Court Nominee Neil Gorsuch Is A Home Run," The Helena Independent-Record , 3/6/17)

Nevada

The Las Vegas Review Journal Editorial Board: Gorsuch Is "Eminently Qualified And Accomplished." "That said, Neal Gorsuch is eminently qualified and accomplished. He has been on the federal bench since 2006 following his appointment by George. W. Bush and his unanimous approval by the U.S. Senate. He previously clerked for two U.S. Supreme Court justices." (Editorial, "Donald Trump Picks Neal Gorsuch To Fill Vacant U.S. Supreme Court Seat," Las Vegas Review Journal , 2/1/17)

New Mexico

Albuquerque Journal Editorial Board: "There Is No Question Gorsuch Is Qualified." "And there is no question Gorsuch is qualified. Undergraduate degree from Columbia; law degree from Harvard, both with honors; and a doctor of philosophy from Oxford." (Editorial, "Gorsuch Gives Senate A Bipartisan Opportunity," Albuquerque Journal , 2/5/17)

New York

The New York Sun Editorial Board: Gorsuch Is "A Straightforward, Easily Comprehensible Legal Writer." "Like White, Gorsuch is famed for being a straightforward, easily comprehensible legal writer." (Editorial, "Whizzer White's Ghost," The New York Sun , 1/31/17)

Daily News Editorial Board: "No One Has Questioned Gorsuch's Intellect Or Qualifications." "No one has ever questioned Gorsuch's intellect or qualifications. A graduate of Columbia, Harvard and Oxford, he clerked for two Supreme Court justices and served in the Department of Justice and at a top law firm before beginning a 10-year appeals court stint." (Editorial, "Courting Competence," [New York] Daaily News , 2/1/17)

President Jimmy Carter Appointee And United States District Court Judge John L. Kane: Gorsuch Is Admired By His Fellow Judges, And "He Writes Opinions In A Unique Style That Has More Verve And Vitality" Than Others. "Judge John L. Kane, who was appointed to the Federal District Court in Denver by President Jimmy Carter, said Judge Gorsuch was admired by his fellow judges. 'He writes opinions in a unique style that has more verve and vitality than any other judges I study on a regular basis,' Judge Kane said." (Michael D. Shear and Adam Liptak, "A Supreme Court Pick Is Promised. A Political Brawl Is Certain," The New York Times , 1/24/17)

The New York Times' Linda Greenhouse: Judge Gorsuch Is "A Rising Star Among Republican-Appointed Judges On The Federal Appellate Bench." "The 10th Circuit's decision, Teamsters Local Union No. 455 v. National Labor Relations Board, was written by Judge Neil Gorsuch, a rising star among Republican-appointed judges on the federal appellate bench." (Linda Greenhouse, "Tragedy Or Triumph," The New York Times , 9/3/14)

New Hampshire

The Keene Sentinel Editorial Board: "Set Politics Aside And Approve Gorsuch To Supreme Court." (Editorial, "Set Politics Aside And Approve Gorsuch To Supreme Court," The Keene Sentinel , 2/27/17)

New Hampshire Union Leader Editorial Board: "An Independent Judge: Nominee Gorsuch Stands Up." (Editorial, "An Independent Judge: Nominee Gorsuch Stands Up," New Hampshire Union Leader , 2/12/16)

New Hampshire Union Leader Editorial Board: "Neil Gorsuch Would Be A Stellar Addition To The Court, And We Endorse His Confirmation." (Editorial, "Justice For All: Gorsuch Is An Outstanding Choice," New Hampshire Union Leader , 2/2/17)

  • New Hampshire Union Leader Editorial Board: Gorsuch Is "An Excellent Choice." "Colorado Judge Neil Gorsuch is an excellent choice to fill the vacant seat on the U.S. Supreme Court, and fulfills President Donald Trump's campaign promise to pick a worthy successor to Justice Antonin Scalia.." (Editorial, "Justice For All: Gorsuch Is An Outstanding Choice," New Hampshire Union Leader , 2/2/17)

New Jersey

Bergen Record Editorial Board: "Gorsuch's Legal Pedigree Is Impressive." (Editorial, "Gorsuch Deserves Full Senate Review," Bergen Record , 2/1/17)

Asbury Park Press Editorial Board: "Gorsuch By All Accounts Fits The Desired Mold For Conservatives." "Gorsuch by all accounts fits the desired mold for conservatives, who are particularly anxious to assure the seat vacated by the late Antonin Scalia is filled by a like-minded, right-minded jurist." (Editorial, "Give Gorsuch Fair, Tough Hearing," Asbury Park Press , 2/5/17)

North Carolina

Winston-Salem Journal Editorial Board: "Our View: Gorsuch Well Suited For Highest Court." (Editorial, "Our View: Gorsuch Well Suited For Highest Court," Winston-Salem Journal , 2/2/17)

  • Winston-Salem Journal Editorial Board: "Trump Has Nominated An Intellectual Jurist And A Good Man" In Gorsuch. "Republican President Trump has nominated an intellectual jurist and a good man to succeed the late Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court. Senate Democrats would do well to drop their opposition." (Editorial, "Our View: Gorsuch Well Suited For Highest Court," Winston-Salem Journal , 2/2/17)

Ohio

Toledo Blade Editorial Board: Gorsuch Is "A Stellar Choice For The Supreme Court." "Judge Neil Gorsuch, of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit (based in Denver and serving six Western states from Kansas to New Mexico), is a stellar choice for the Supreme Court." (Editorial, "Committed To The Law," Toledo Blade , 2/2/17)

Oklahoma

Tulsa World Editorial Board: "Gorsuch Has Strong Qualifications." (Editorial, "No Eye-For-An-Eye Politics Where The Supreme Court Is Concerned," Tulsa World , 2/2/17)

Clinton Appointee and Former Tenth Circuit Judge Robert H. Henry Praised Gorsuch As A "Brilliant Legal" Scholar. "Henry said Judge Carlos Lucero of Denver came to the court as an expert in water law and environmental law, while Michael McConnell of Salt Lake City and Neil Gorsuch of Denver were brilliant legal scholars who also brought experience from working at the Justice Department." (Robert Boczkiewicz, "Judge Captures Top Seat In Federal Court Of Appeals," The Oklahoman, 12/31/07)

  • Henry: Gorsuch Is "A Great Candidate" And "A Very Talented, Gifted Judge" Whose "Writing Is Elegant And Clear." "'I think he's a great candidate,' Henry said, adding that he thought Gorsuch had the judicial temperament to fit in well with other Supreme Court justices. 'Neil is a very talented, gifted judge,' Henry said. 'His writing is elegant and clear. ... His writing is really good and careful and measured.'" (Randy Ellis, "Federal Appellate Judge With Oklahoma Ties Among Top U.S. Supreme Court Candidates," The Oklahoman, 1/29/17)

Oklahoma City University Law School Dean Valerie Couch: Gorsuch Is "Supremely Well Qualified For The Supreme Court" And "He's A Really Authentic, Genuine Person." "'He's a really authentic, genuine person and cares a lot about the legal profession, so I think his visit here made a big impression,' she said. 'I think he's supremely well qualified for the Supreme Court.'" (Randy Ellis, "Federal Appellate Judge With Oklahoma Ties Among Top U.S. Supreme Court Candidates," The Oklahoman, 1/29/17)

Pennsylvania

The Philadelphia Inquirer' s Christine Flowers: "Trump's Choice Of Gorsuch Is So Breathtakingly Good." "All of this playing around with words is bad for constitutional business. And that is why President Trump's choice of Gorsuch is so breathtakingly good." (Christine Flowers, Op-Ed, "Gorsuch The Type Of Man We Need On The Supreme Court," The Philadelphia Inquirer , 2/2/17)

Rhode Island

Providence Journal Editorial Board: Gorsuch "Enjoys A Friendly Relationship With Jurists From Both Political Parties, And Is Exceedingly Well-Educated And Experienced." "Thus, the Democrats are left with a difficult strategic decision: Should the filibuster be used up on Mr. Gorsuch, who is conservative but comes across on television as good-natured, enjoys a friendly relationship with jurists from both political parties, and is exceedingly well-educated and experienced?" (Editorial, "Editorial: U.S. Senate Behaving Badly," Providence Journal , 2/5/17)

South Carolina

The Post And Courier Editorial Headline: "Exemplary Choice For High Court" (Editorial, "Exemplary Choice For High Court," The Post And Courier , 2/2/17)

  • The Post And Courier Editorial Board: Gorsuch Is "A Clear Thinker With A Strong Sympathy For The Underdog And A Marked Bent Toward Upholding The Rights Of Often Disadvantaged Plaintiffs And Defendants." "A survey of his court opinions shows the nominee to be a clear thinker with a strong sympathy for the underdog and a marked bent toward upholding the rights of often disadvantaged plaintiffs and defendants against bullying by government institutions." (Editorial, "Exemplary Choice For High Court," The Post And Courier , 2/2/17)
  • The Post And Courier Editorial Board: "President Donald Trump Could Scarcely Have Done Better, From A Conservative Viewpoint, Than Nominating Federal Appellate Judge Neil M. Gorsuch To The U.S. Supreme Court." (Editorial, "Exemplary Choice For High Court," The Post And Courier , 2/2/17)

Texas

The Dallas Morning News' Jamie Lovegrove: Gorsuch Is A "Young Jurist Well-Regarded In Conservative Legal Circles." "President Donald Trump nominated Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court on Tuesday, selecting a young jurist well-regarded in conservative legal circles as his pick to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia." (Jamie Lovegrove, "Trump Nominates Neil Gorsuch To The Supreme Court," The Dallas Morning News , 1/31/17)

  • Lovegrove: "Gorsuch Has Become Known In Legal Circles For The Rhetorical Flourishes In His Judicial Opinions, A Characteristic That Was Also Frequently Attributed To Scalia." (Jamie Lovegrove, "Trump Nominates Neil Gorsuch To The Supreme Court," The Dallas Morning News , 1/31/17)

Utah

Deseret News Editorial Board: Gorsuch Is "Both Qualified And Well-Respected." "By all accounts, Judge Gorsuch is both qualified and well-respected, and it would not be appropriate to bork his nomination simply to satisfy a partisan grudge." (Editorial, "Don't Bork Gorsuch," Deseret News , 2/2/17)

West Virginia

The Charleston Gazette-Mail Editorial Headline: "Neil Gorsuch A Great Pick For Supreme Court" (Editorial, "Neil Gorsuch A Great Pick For Supreme Court," Charleston Gazette-Mail , 2/1/17)

  • Charleston Gazette-Mail Editorial Board: "Gorsuch Has The Qualities Anyone Considered For Justice Of The Highest Court Should Have: A Strong Understanding And Respect For The Nation's Founding Document, The U.S. Constitution." (Editorial, "Neil Gorsuch A Great Pick For Supreme Court," Charleston Gazette-Mail , 2/1/17)
  • Charleston Gazette-Mail Editorial Board: "Congratulations To President Trump On A Quality Pick For Supreme Court Justice…" (Editorial, "Neil Gorsuch A Great Pick For Supreme Court," Charleston Gazette-Mail , 2/1/17)

The Herald-Times Op-Ed: Conrad Lucas, Chairman Of The West Virginia Republican Party: Democrats Should Stop Trying To Obstruct Gorsuch Confirmation." (Conrad Lucas, Op-Ed, "Conrad Lucas: Democrats Should Stop Trying To Obstruct Gorsuch Confirmation," The Herald-Times , 3/12/17)

  • Lucas: Gorsuch's Academic And Professional Resumes Are "Impressive." "Gorsuch graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Columbia University in three years. He earned a Truman Scholarship to help pay for Harvard Law School, where he graduated cum laude. He received a doctorate from Oxford University as a Marshall Scholar. This Coloradoan's academic credentials have no peer. His professional resume is equally impressive. Judge Gorsuch started his career clerking for Judge David Sentelle and Justices Byron White and Anthony Kennedy. In 2006, President George Bush nominated Judge Gorsuch to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, where he was confirmed by voice vote without objection." (Conrad Lucas, Op-Ed, "Conrad Lucas: Democrats Should Stop Trying To Obstruct Gorsuch Confirmation," The Herald-Times , 3/12/17)
  • Lucas: "Judge Gorsuch Is Universally Respected For His Fairness And Integrity." "Judge Gorsuch is universally respected for his fairness and integrity. Even liberal commentator Rachel Maddow has called him a relatively 'mainstream choice.'" (Conrad Lucas, Op-Ed, "Conrad Lucas: Democrats Should Stop Trying To Obstruct Gorsuch Confirmation," The Herald-Times , 3/12/17)

Virginia

Richmond Times-Dispatch Editorial Board: "The Times-Dispatch Believes Neil Gorsuch Would Be A Valuable Addition To A Supreme Court." "The Times-Dispatch believes Neil Gorsuch would be a valuable addition to a Supreme Court whose motto proclaims 'Equal justice under law.'" (Editorial, "Colorado Sets Precedent For Gorsuch Stampede," Richmond Times-Dispatch , 2/2/17)

  • Richmond Times-Dispatch Editorial Board: Gorsuch's "Integrity Is Absolute; His Disposition Appropriate For The Job." (Editorial, "Colorado Sets Precedent For Gorsuch Stampede," Richmond Times-Dispatch , 2/2/17)

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