Trump readies Supreme Court pick and two Florida candidates likely passed over
WASHINGTON – President Trump will announce his Supreme Court pick a week from today, drawing from a list of 21 candidates that includes two Florida judges. But as Trump nears his decision, the Floridians appear to have been passed over.
Making Trump’s list in September was Charles Canady, a justice on the Supreme Court of Florida since 2008 and a former congressman, and Federico Moreno, a judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida.
But Trump’s shortlist is down to about three judges, according to various sources: William Pryor of the federal appeals court in Atlanta, Neil Gorsuch of the federal appeals court in Denver and Thomas Hardiman of the federal appeals court in Pittsburgh.
Trump wrote on Twitter Wednesday that he would introduce his pick on Feb. 2, continuing a fast pace he has set in the early stages of his administration that has withdrawn the U.S. from a major trade accord and called for construction of a border wall.
Trump’s list of 21 candidates was seen an an olive branch to conservatives still skeptical of him and the inclusion of the Florida judges was well received in the state. His choice will set off a pitched battle on Capitol Hill as Democrats have vowed to block anyone that doesn’t fit “mainstream” views, as Sen. Chuck Schumer said this week.
Democrats hold more sway than they do over Cabinet picks because a Supreme Court justice needs 60 votes to overcome a filibuster and there are 52 Republican senators. Republicans could try to lower the threshold to 51 votes, which would only intensify the fight.