ATLANTA – 18 weeks ago, President Obama nominated Judge Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court following the death of Justice Antonin Scalia. Since then, U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson has refused to even meet Judge Garland, as doing so according to Isakson would “rush” the confirmation process. The 126 days that Garland has waited for a confirmation hearing marks the longest wait between nomination and confirmation in U.S. history, surpassing the 125 days Louis Brandeis waited in 1916.
Jim Barksdale’s Campaign Manager Dave Hoffman issued the following statement marking the unfortunate record:
Senator Isakson’s description of the Supreme Court confirmation process as a “rush” would make a turtle blush.The part-time Georgia General Assembly is able to do a great deal of work for the people of Georgia in 40 legislative days over three months in session. So why hasn’t Senator Isakson found the time to even meet with Judge Garland? Where’s Johnny? It’s not as if he’s busy attending all of his committee hearings. What’s clear is that Georgians needs a U.S. Senator that will put Georgians ahead of political posturing. Senator Isakson should do his job.