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Toomey's court position rankles

| Monday, Feb. 22, 2016, 9:00 p.m.

Just two hours after Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia's death was announced, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell issued a call to block any attempt by President Obama to choose Scalia's replacement.

Two days later, Sen. Pat Toomey joined his party in recommending that no decision on a nominee be made until the people speak by voting in November. But the people already spoke when they re-elected President Obama in 2012.

If Toomey hasn't been keeping track, Obama still has 11 months left to serve in his term. Further, Toomey jumping on the anti-nomination bandwagon makes us wonder about the sincerity of his comments made on the Senate floor just a few weeks ago when he said filling federal judicial vacancies has been a priority of his since he came to the Senate.

The president has said he will do his job and put forth a nominee. Senator, if you want us to believe you are able to rise above the gridlock and work in a bipartisan way when it comes to federal judicial nominations, do your job as well.

Christine Stone

Squirrel Hill

The writer is vice-chair of Why Courts Matter Pennsylvania

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