West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin indicated he plans to vote “yes” to Ketanji Brown Jackson’s nomination to the Supreme Court.
The Hill reports:
“After meeting with her, considering her record, and closely monitoring her testimony and questioning before the Senate Judiciary Committee this week, I have determined I intend to vote for her nomination to serve on the Supreme Court,” Manchin said in a statement.
Manchin pointed to Jackson “wide array of experiences” as giving her a “unique perspective that will serve her well on our nation’s highest court.”
“During our meeting, she was warm and gracious. On top of her impressive resume, she has the temperament to make an exceptional jurist… I am confident Judge Jackson is supremely qualified and has the disposition necessary to serve as our nation’s next Supreme Court Justice.,” Manchin added.
Manchin has served as a surprising roadblock to President Biden’s nominees and agenda, however, has been supportive of Biden’s other lower court nominees.
Democrats plan to confirm Jackson before they leave for a scheduled two-week April recess.
“I want to make sure she’s on the court, that we will have bipartisan support … I hope and I’m still hoping that several Republicans will step up and support her nomination,” said Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Dick Durbin (D-Ill.)
On Thursday, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said that he plans to vote against Jackson’s nomination.
Machin is just following the party line. The man is smarter than that.