April 7, 2016

Column: Senate should confirm Gorsuch

Lena Epstein

Full Column from USA Today

Lena Epstein, former Michigan co-chair of the Trump campaign, believes Neil Gorsuch should be confirmed as the next justice to the U.S. Supreme Court.

The United States Senate faces an important decision as members consider the confirmation of Neil Gorsuch to America’s highest judicial office.

As the nominee for U.S. Supreme Court justice, Gorsuch’s judicial history and philosophy will be rigorously reviewed – and rightly so. Upholding our Constitution is paramount. I believe the best possible candidate to fill former Justice Antonin Scalia’s seat is Gorsuch and a thorough look at his track record and reputation in the judicial system will bear out his unequivocal qualification.

Here’s some history. In 2006, Gorsuch was confirmed by the U.S. Senate – without any opposition – to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. That vote included members of the current Democratic leadership and was a resounding signal of bipartisan support. At that time, the American Bar Association ranked Gorsuch as “unanimously well-qualified.”

 

Over the past decade, Gorsuch has become known as a fierce defender of the Constitution, a fair and just juror and a thoughtful and thorough decision-maker. Gorsuch is a fourth-generation Coloradan who has spent most of his professional life in Washington, D.C. He’s a seasoned legal professional who has been on the other side of the bench, practicing courtroom law.

He also held a series of esteemed clerkships for U.S. Supreme Court Justices Anthony Kennedy and Byron White and was a deputy associate attorney general at the U.S. Department of Justice prior to joining the appellate court. This is all following his education at Columbia, Harvard and Oxford.

Among a jury of his peers, Gorsuch is highly regarded. In a recent New York Times article, Federal District Judge John L. Kane said Gorsuch is “admired by his fellow judges,” that he “listens well and decides justly” and that even his “dissents are instructive rather than vitriolic.” “In sum, I think he is an excellent judicial craftsman,” Kane said.

Carrie Severino, chief counsel and policy director for The Judicial Crisis Network, underscores Gorsuch’s “clear record of consistent judicial philosophy and applying that in action.” Gorsuch shares Justice Scalia’s judicial philosophy as an “originalist.” Meaning, he is committed to reflecting the Constitution as it was originally written, rather than being swayed by the political winds and leanings of any given time.

As a business owner, political activist and concerned citizen, I support Gorsuch because he is extraordinarily well-equipped to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court. His consistent legal perspective, deep experience, considerable intellect and dedication to upholding the Constitution make him a highly desirable conservative candidate for Supreme Court justice.

Gorsuch has considerable experience to examine and assess – and by all means, our U.S. Senate should do its due diligence in reviewing his track record. My hope and call to Congress is to look clearly and fairly at his body of work and experience. This decision must not derail into a partisan, political circus.

Gorsuch has been embraced by members of both parties – based on his hard-earned merits as a legal scholar and judicial leader. This should be the case once again. Failure to confirm U.S. Supreme Court nominee Gorsuch would be a missed opportunity for the future of the American legal system.

Lena Epstein is co-owner of Vesco Oil Corp. and former Trump Campaign Michigan co-chair.