WV Metro News: Political advocates, lawmakers urge Manchin to confirm Kavanaugh

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Washington, July 27, 2018 | comments
A conservative political advocacy organization, along with 24 elected officials, sent a letter to U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., Thursday urging him to support President Donald Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court.
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A conservative political advocacy organization, along with 24 elected officials, sent a letter to U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., Thursday urging him to support President Donald Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court.

Americans for Prosperity-West Virginia, part of the Koch network of political groups, sent the letter ahead of Manchin’s scheduled meeting Monday with Brett Kavanaugh.

Manchin will be the first Democratic senator to meet with Kavanaugh, who President Donald Trump nominated to the high court on July 9.

Twenty-nine people signed the letter, including the state’s three members in the House of Representatives — Republican Reps. David McKinley, Alex Mooney and Evan Jenkins — West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner, state Agriculture Commissioner Kent Leonhardt, state Senate President Mitch Carmichael, R-Jackson, and 18 state legislators.

Americans for Prosperity West Virginia State Director Jason Huffman, former state Senate President Bill Cole, Associated Builders and Contractors of West Virginia President and CEO Bryan Hoylman and Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse-West Virginia Executive Director Roman Stauffer are also attached to the letter, as is Grover Norquist, a conservative activist and president of Americans for Tax Reform.

“What we want to do is urge Sen. Manchin to swiftly confirm President Trump’s really outstanding nominee to the United States Supreme Court,” Huffman said.

Kavanaugh currently serves on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and would replace Justice Anthony Kennedy if confirmed. Kennedy is retiring at the end of July.

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