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Florida reaction to the death of Supreme Court Justice Scalia



Florida reaction to the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

Sen. Marco Rubio: "Today, our nation has suffered a deep loss. Justice Scalia was one of the most consequential Americans in our history and a brilliant legal mind who served with only one objective: to interpret and defend the Constitution as written. One of the greatest honors in my life was to attend oral arguments during Town of Greece v. Galloway and see Justice Scalia eloquently defend religious freedom. I will hold that memory forever. The next president must nominate a justice who will continue Justice Scalia's unwavering belief in the founding principles that we hold dear. Jeanette and I mourn the loss of Justice Scalia, and our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Maureen and his family."

Jeb Bush: “Today we lost a great man whose principled service left our nation vastly better off. This afternoon at Mass, Columba and I prayed for Justice Scalia, who was devout in faith and has been brought home to God in heaven. Our prayers are also with his wife, Maureen, his children and his 28 grandchildren. Justice Scalia was a brilliant defender of the rule of law--his logic and wit were unparalleled, and his decisions were models of clarity and good sense. I often said he was my favorite justice, because he took the Constitution, and the responsibility of judges to interpret it correctly, with the utmost seriousness. Now it is up to all of us to fight for the principles Justice Scalia espoused and carry forth his legacy."

Sen. Bill Nelson: “I am stunned since Justice Scalia seemed to be in the prime of his life. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family. And I take very seriously our constitutional responsibility to fill this vacancy.”

Attorney General Pam Bondi: “I am deeply saddened by the passing of United States Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.  Justice Scalia, one of the greatest legal minds of the last 100 years, passionately upheld the rule of law and served honorably on our nation’s highest court. He leaves behind a legacy of just service to our judiciary and loyalty for the U.S. Constitution. As our country mourns this great loss, my prayers are with his family."

U.S. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart: "Deeply saddened to hear of the passing of legal great Supreme Court Associate Justice Scalia. May he rest in eternal peace."

U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan: "Justice Scalia's death is a huge loss to our country. My thoughts and prayers are with his family at this difficult time."

U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings: "As the longest-serving justice on the Supreme Court, Justice Scalia was a stalwart advocate of Conservative values. While our perspectives on many of the issues facing our nation differed greatly, Justice Scalia served our nation loyally and with distinction. I offer my heartfelt condolences to his wife Maureen, his children, and his family during this time of sadness.”

U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis: "Justice Antonin Scalia is one of the most consequential Supreme Court justices in American history and a man who ardently defended the Constitution his entire life.  By insisting that courts apply the Constitution as written, rather than as judges would like it to read, Justice Scalia vindicated the rule of law and safeguarded the prerogative of the people to govern themselves.  My thoughts and prayers go out to Maureen and the Scalia family."

Former state Rep. Juan-Carlos Planas: "In law school con law class, you read other justices because you had to, read Scalia because it was fun and you wanted to."

U.S. Senate candidate Todd Wilcox: "Our nation suffers a tremendous loss today with the passing of Justice Antonin Scalia. He was a true defender of our Constitution as written by the Founders of this great nation. His opposition to legislating from the bench preserved liberty and freedom for each and every American. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and those who had the honor of working with him in his daily pursuit of justice for all."

Congressional candidate Mary Thomas (FL-2): "Justice Scalia was one of the greatest Americans to ever serve on the bench. America and the conservative movement have lost a great man today.  My personal judicial philosophy of abiding by an original interpretation of the U.S. Constitution, as it was written by our nation's founders, is heavily influenced by Justice Scalia, his writings and his decisions.  Since my time in law school at Florida State University, an often read, dog-eared copy his book "A Matter of Interpretation" has always sat on my desk. Justice Scalia was nominated by another of my heroes, President Reagan. President Obama must not be allowed to successfully nominate someone to replace Justice Scalia who doesn't have the same respect that Justice Scalia had for the Constitution, as it was written."

[Last modified: Saturday, February 13, 2016 8:52pm]


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