MITCH McCONNELL: I Will Block Any Obama Supreme Court Nominee, Qualified Or Not
Mitch McConnell with Governor Mapp
CHARLOTTE AMALIE – Fresh after announcing to the country on Saturday night that he would do everything possible to block any nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court submitted by President Obama, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell headed to St. Thomas to meet with Gov. Kenneth Mapp.
Mapp said that he hosted a “brief and informal meeting” at Government House Sunday with McConnell, a Republican U.S. Senator from Kentucky.
Government House said that the meeting was “an opportunity to discuss matters of interest to the territory, which may involve congressional consideration.”
Immediately following the discussion at Government House, Mapp accompanied McConnell to a luncheon at the Old Stone Farmhouse, where invited guests were addressed by the senator. Also, guests in attendance could ask questions.
During the exchanges, the U.S. Senate Majority Leader stated that the Senate would not consider a U.S. Supreme Court nominee to succeed the late Justice Antonin Scalia until after the next president takes office.
“The American people should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court Justice,” McConnell said in a written statement Saturday. “Therefore, this vacancy should not be filled until we have a new President.”
McConnell was accompanied by his wife, Elaine Chao, a former U.S. Secretary of Labor during the George W. Bush administration.