Moments After Scalia’s Death is Confirmed, GOP Senate Staffer Pledges to Block Any Obama Replacement

SOURCEThink Progress
Edward Gero as Justice Scalia in The Originalist at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater March 6-April 26, 2015. Photo by Tony Powell.

Last night, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died in his sleep. His death was confirmed this afternoon by the Governor of Texas, Greg Abbott:

Scalia’s unexpected passing sets up a politically charged battle to replace him. Mere moments after his death was confirmed, Conn Carroll, a key staffer for Senator Mike Lee (R-UT), promised Republicans would block anyone that Obama nominated.

The longest it has ever taken to confirm a Supreme Court nominee is 125 days. Obama has 361 days left in office.


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