A conservative group is coming out strong against President Barack Obama's choice for the Supreme Court. Earlier this week President Obama nominated Merrick Garland to replace Antonin Scalia on the nation's highest court but as the Washington Post reports, the conservative legal group Judicial Crisis Network is coming out against the nomination with a $2 million ad campaign:
The new round of ads brings the group’s total spending on the Supreme Court fight to $4 million. It is the latest in an onslaught of opposition from conservative interest groups that are throwing money and researchers at a effort to halt the nomination process and discredit Garland, chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
The conservative group is not the only one looking to oppose appointment; so is the National Federation of Independent Business, the group taking a stand against a Supreme Court judge for the first time in its 73-year history.
“After studying his extensive record, [the NFIB] believes that Judge Garland would be a strong ally of the regulatory bureaucracy, big labor and trial lawyers,” wrote NFIB President Juanita Duggan. “On behalf of the hundreds of thousands of members we represent, the NFIB opposes Judge Garland’s confirmation.”
Duggan cited Garland’s decisions in cases involving environmental regulations and labor law.
Several Republican leaders had stated prior to the nomination announcement that President Obama should not be permitted to appoint in the last months of his presidency, pointing to past comments by Obama and Vice President Joe Biden opposing nominations by Republicans in their last year as illegitimate.