Sen. Ayotte Says She Won’t Meet With Obama’s Supreme Court Nominee

Sen. Kelly Ayotte, D-N.H., testifies during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on attacking America’s epidemic of heroin and prescription drug abuse, on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016 in Washington. (AP P... Sen. Kelly Ayotte, D-N.H., testifies during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on attacking America’s epidemic of heroin and prescription drug abuse, on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016 in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) MORE LESS
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Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) said Wednesday that she wouldn’t meet with President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nominee and wants to wait until after the presidential election to begin the process, Politico reported.

“No, no…in terms of the advise and consent process, I believe we should wait to have the people weigh in on who the next president is,” Ayotte told the publication. “And to weigh in, obviously, based on who…that next president will nominate.”

Ayotte joins a gaggle of other GOPers, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), who have said they will refuse to meet with Obama’s nominee to replace Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who died at age 79 earlier this month.

McConnell again reiterated Tuesday on the Senate floor that Senate Republicans will block Obama’s nomination. Ayotte will face a tough contest as she seeks reelection against New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan (D).

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  1. I’m not sure I expected this…

    What does Hassan say? Ayotte needs to lose.

  2. As I was talking to the Chair, I met a man who wasn’t there.

    He wasn’t there again today. How I wish he’d go away.

  3. Avatar for pbw pbw says:

    She’s angling for VP; has been forever. Do your damn job, Senator!

  4. Avatar for sandyh sandyh says:

    Perhaps she would like to meet with the end of her political career in New England for being such a coward?

  5. Hmmm, and she was supposed to be one of the few sane GOPers???

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