As senators go home for a two-week recess, conservative groups are launching a new round of TV and digital ads against Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland in key states, while liberal allies of the White House are ramping up pressure in battleground states to force Senate Republicans to vote on the nomination.
The Judicial Crisis Network is highlighting what it calls Judge Garland’s liberal record with a $500,000 ad buy in Colorado, Iowa, New Hampshire, North Dakota and West Virginia. In what one operative termed “the first wave of offense,” JCN also will send emails to about 1.5 million conservative activists in those states to call attention to Judge Garland’s record and ask them to sign a petition.
Heritage Action and the Susan B. Anthony List also are marshaling grass-roots supporters to attend lawmakers’ town hall meetings in opposition to the nomination, and to make phone calls.
“Merrick Garland will not be confirmed, and the unions should stop wasting workers’ hard-earned dues to push the nomination,” said Dan Holler, Heritage Action’s vice president of communications and government relations. “Heritage Action will continue to focus on the real issues facing hardworking Americans and advocate for policy solutions that address those concerns.”
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