Mid-Michigan politicians are reacting to President Donald Trump's selection for the United State Supreme Court last night.
Trump selected Judge Brett Kavanaugh last night during an announcement at the White House.
The response to the president's pick is split along party lines.
Democratic Congressman Dan Kildee from Flint released a statement saying,
In recent years, conservative Supreme Court justices have stripped away the rights of workers to collectively bargain and allowed for unlimited money in our political process. If Judge Kavanaugh is confirmed, the Supreme Court will move even further to the right and likely turn the clock back on other fundamental rights, including health care coverage for those with pre-existing conditions and women's reproductive rights. Unfortunately, Judge Kavanaugh has shown hostility toward our current health care system and a woman's right to choose.
It is wrong that President Trump has effectively outsourced the nomination of judges to extreme political groups that do not have the best interests of Americans in mind. We should not have a litmus test for selecting justices, which will lead to even more extreme voices on the nation's highest court. The American people deserve judges and Supreme Court justices that act independently and respect the rule of law.
Michigan Attorney General and candidate for governor Bill Schuette was more supportive of the pick.
It is a good thing most of us didn't abandon Donald Trump and a good thing we beat Hillary Clinton in Michigan or we would never have a Justice Gorsuch or Justice Kavanaugh.
Republican Congressman Paul Mitchell was also supportive of Kavanaugh's selection.
President Trump made a great choice in his selection of Judge Brett Kavanaugh as his nominee for the Supreme Court. I am confident that as a rule of law justice he will be a strong replacement for Justice Kennedy.
Both of Michigan's Senators are Democrats and will have a vote during the confirmation process of Kavanaugh. As of this writing, neither Senator Gary Peters nor Senator Debbie Stabenow released a statement regarding Trump's selection.
Prior to the selection of Kavanaugh, Peters did urge Trump to "do the right thing."