“I will not support his nomination,” Casey said on the call. “I have serious concerns about Judge Gorsuch’s rigid and restrictive judicial philosophy.”
Casey also said he will vote no on cloture for Gorsuch. A cloture vote requires 60 votes to put the nomination to an up or down vote before the Senate, meaning the Senate’s 52 Republicans need 8 Democrats to move forward. Casey’s announcement gives the GOP one fewer Democrat to make the difference, and it comes one day after Politico reported that some of Casey’s colleagues are considering a possible deal on the vote.
The Republican National Committee recently began running digital ads pushing Casey to allow an up or down vote on Gorsuch.
The National Republican Senatorial Committee has been targeting Casey throughout the year.
“By opposing Judge Neil Gorsuch, Bob Casey is aligning himself with the far left instead of honoring the will of Pennsylvania voters. Pennsylvanians will remember Casey’s betrayal when they head to the polls in 2018,” Bob Salera, National Republican Senatorial Committee spokesman, said in an email.
Progressive groups celebrated Casey’s decision.
We stand with Senator Casey in demanding a consensus, mainstream nominee to fill the vacancy left by the death of Judge Antonin Scalia. Judge Gorsuch is not that nominee,” John Neurohr, Co-Chair of the Why Courts Matter Pennsylvania’s coalition, said in a statement.