U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell keeps reminding us why he’s bad news. He says he won’t move forward on the nomination of Kentucky Supreme Court Justice Lisabeth Tabor Hughes to the federal 6th Circuit Court of Appeals.
In a statement, McConnell’s office cited the reason that the President did not consult with McConnell before announcing the nomination of Hughes. Forget about the need for the seat or the qualifications of Justice Hughes – let’s all remember what is important here: Mitch must be notified first!
The gridlock comes in conjunction with McConnell’s struggle with President Obama over the nomination of Merrick Garland to the U.S. Supreme Court to replace Justice Antonin Scalia, who died in February.
U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth made the point that it’s the president’s job to name judges, not Mitch McConnell’s.
“This is just typical obstructionism on his part by trying to run the clock out,” said Rep. Yarmuth. “I think it’s a dereliction of duty.”