JULY 11, 2018 – In a special press call via telephone on Wednesday morning, Congressman Matt Gaetz (R-D1) and Republican Party of Florida (RPOF) Chairman Blaise Ingoglia (R-FL35) discussed the importance of confirming Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump’s nominee for the United States Supreme Court, before the midterm elections. The call was sponsored by the Republican Party of Florida.
The intent of the call was to express confidence in the president’s recent appointment for Supreme Court by the Party. After making brief introductory remarks, both speakers were asked various questions from the press regarding Judge Kavanaugh.
Chairman Ingolia was asked to discuss the political ramifications of the Judge’s appointment. He claimed the Republican base was excited and would support the selection. He also believed Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL), who is fighting a tough race with Governor Rick Scott (R) to retain his senate seat, should quickly give his confirmation of the Judge, otherwise he will appear to be an obstructionist. The choice puts Sen. Nelson on the hot seat, should he join the blanket opposition by the Democrats he will be giving more fuel to Gov. Scott’s campaign.
When asked if a long delay in the Judge’s confirmation would play to Sen. Nelson’s benefit, Chairman Ingolia cited a poll claiming 56% of the people want a swift confirmation. He also believes the Republicans were energized by the appointment.
Cong. Gaetz claimed Judge Kavanaugh was a constitutional jurist. He hasn’t personally read all of the judge’s decisions but is confident the president picked a qualified candidate. He went on to say, the Judge will defend unborn life. This led into a discussion on abortion with Chairman Ingolia claiming the Republican base believes pro-life is important.
The Congressman added he sees Judge Kavanaugh more as a William Rehnquist, the late Supreme Court Chief Justice, rather than conservative Supreme Court Judge Clarence Thomas.
When asked about the use of cannabis in Florida and the law, Cong. Gaetz saw this as a state issue which would probably not make it to the Supreme Court.
The press call was brief and lasted approximately 15 minutes; to hear the audio, click HERE.
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Tim Bryce is a freelance writer located in the Tampa Bay area of Florida.
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