As one of your constituents, I beg you to hold off on a vote for the Supreme Court seat left by Justice Ginsberg. This was her final wish. I can think of no better way to honor her legacy than by fulfilling this wish. You can stand for what is right by waiting for the election to conclude before holding this vote. Utah, and history, demand this of you.
Like former President Obama wrote today: “Four and a half years ago, when Republicans refused to hold a hearing or an up-or-down vote on Merrick Garland, they invented the principle that the Senate shouldn’t fill an open seat on the Supreme Court before a new president was sworn in.
A basic principle of the law––and of everyday fairness––is that we apply rules with consistency, and not based on what’s convenient or advantageous in the moment. The rule of law, the legitimacy of our courts, the fundamental workings of our democracy all depend on that basic principle. As votes are already being cast in this election, Republican Senators are now called to apply that standard.”
Please, as one of your constituents, I beg of you to uphold this idea of what is fair. Of what is right. Of what is good. Our future, and the future of our country depends on it.