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NH Voters Call on Sen. Ayotte to End Supreme Court Obstruction

Nashua 3 “Sen. Ayotte has a constitutional responsibility to give fair consideration to judicial nominations”

Nashua, NH – Democrats, Republicans and Independents may not agree on much politically but the one thing they do seem to agree on is that Senator Kelly Ayotte should do her job and hold fair hearings on President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, Merrick Garland. 

Ayotte’s obstructionism in the Senate has reached an all time high as she joins her fellow Republicans in refusing to hold confirmation hearings on a new Supreme Court Justice until after a new President is inaugurated.  This would leave an open seat on the highest court in the land for over eleven months.

Nashua 2Yesterday, outside of Sen. Kelly Ayotte’s district office, Granite Staters joined to demonstrate against Sen. Kelly Ayotte for her obstruction aimed at President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, Judge Merrick Garland. Participants called on Sen. Ayotte to give fair consideration – timely hearings and an up-or-down vote – to Judge Garland. 

“Sen. Ayotte has a constitutional responsibility to give fair consideration to judicial nominations,” said Lindsay Jakows, New Hampshire Campaign Organizer with People For the American Way, “It’s time for her to do her job and stop ignoring the majority of Granite Staters who want to see the Supreme Court vacancy filled this year. She should put principle over partisanship instead of trying to hold a Supreme Court seat open for President Trump or President Cruz.” 

Most New Hampshire voters, including 60% of independent voters in New Hampshire, support filling the Supreme Court vacancy this year, yet Sen. Ayotte continues to stand firm against giving fair consideration to Judge Garland.

“I am fed up with the Republican party and I’m fed up with Kelly Ayotte,” Stephen Spaulding, of Hollis told the Nashua Telegraph. “This country is never going to address such things as climate change as long as people like Kelly Ayotte are among us. I don’t know a lot about (Garland) but he certainly deserves a hearing.”

“I want her to know that I live down the street and I’m not voting for her” Catherine Sofikitis, of Nashua also told the Nashua Telegraph.


People For the American Way is a progressive advocacy organization founded to fight right-wing extremism and defend constitutional values including free expression, religious liberty, equal justice under the law, and the right to meaningfully participate in our democracy.


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