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MITCH McCONNELL: I Will Block Any Obama Supreme Court Nominee, Qualified Or Not

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   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.

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John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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