(Washington, DC) – Indiana Senator Mike Brown has indicated that he is leaning against voting to confirm Ketanji Brown Jackson in the Supreme Court, but has said he will not make a final decision until his confirmation hearing.
Brown (R) says Republicans are digging into Jackson’s record in two lower courts. He says Jackson “seems to be well deserved”, but says Jackson needs to give “a strong explanation” of his philosophy and past judgments.
Brown said he would not support any Supreme Court nominee he sees as an activist, pointing to the 1973 Rowe v. Wade ruling that legalized abortion as a prime example of judicial overreach. He says most of these issues should be left to the states, not the federal courts – even in response to a reporter’s question, a 1967 ruling that rejected state bans on interracial marriage.
“Within our federal system, there are going to be rules and procedures that go out of sync with what other states will do,” Brown said. “This is where the differences between our 50 state perspectives should manifest themselves [judicial intervention] Only in matters that you are interested in, when you deny it to others with a different perspective.
“All of this is not going to make you happy in a given state, but it’s better for the states to express their views instead of uniting the whole country like Rowe v. Wade.”
Indiana Democratic Chairman Mike Schuhl blasted Brown’s remarks, saying “not just non-Americans, but any respectable person who wants to hold public office.”
“The United States Supreme Court has repeatedly stated that in our country, marital equality extends to any committed couple, regardless of gender, race, orientation or religious affiliation, and that legitimacy calls into question the very constitution of America and its people,” Schmuhl said.
Brown predicted that all Democrats would vote for Jackson. With Vice President Kamala Harris available for a tiebreaking vote if needed, this is enough to guarantee Jackson’s confirmation as the third African-American judge and the first black woman in court. And Brown says “three or four” Republicans are leaning yes.
Indiana Senior Senator Todd Young (R) did not say how he would vote for Jackson.
Post Brown said he would wait for the hearing to end, but Jackson struck a cautionary note about the Scottish nomination on the first 93.1FM WIBC.