Mitt Romney says he’ll vote yes on Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson; Mike Lee gives thumbs down

From left, Sen. Mitt Romney, Sen. Mike Lee, and Supreme Court Nominee Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson. Photos from left, office of Sen. Mitt Romney and UPI

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 5, 2022 (Gephardt Daily) — Utah Senators Mitt Romney and Mike Lee have both shared their intentions when it comes to supporting U.S. Supreme Court nominee Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson.

Romney now says he intends to support Jackson, the first Black woman nominated for the Supreme Court in U.S. history.

Lee plans to oppose her nomination, he announced on Monday.

Both shared their reasoning on Twitter.

“After reviewing Judge Jackson’s record and testimony, I have concluded that she is a well-qualified jurist and a person of honor,” Romney wrote.

“While I do not expect to agree with every decision she may make on the Court, I believe that she more than meets the standard of excellence and integrity. I congratulate Judge Jackson on her expected confirmation and look forward to her continued service to our nation.”

Lee came to a different conclusion.

“They told us to look at judicial philosophy, but Judge Jackson said she doesn’t have one,” Lee’s tweet says. “They leaned on her record, but what we have of her record is troubling. They said to look at her answers, but she didn’t answer basic questions & endorsed judicial activism. I will vote no.”

Lee shared additional thoughts in a video comment. Both men’s tweets appear below.

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I intend to vote in support of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s confirmation to be an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. My statement:

The full Senate voted 53-47 to move forward with the confirmation process after the judiciary committee deadlocked in an 11-11 party line vote earlier in the day.

GOP Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska indicated Monday that she would join Romney, and  GOP Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, in voting with 50 Democrats in support of Jackson later in the week.

“My support rests on Judge Jackson’s qualifications, which no one questions; her demonstrated judicial independence; her demeanor and temperament and the important perspective she would bring to the court as a replacement for Justice Breyer” Murkowski said in a statement.


  1. That is exactly what we would expect from Lee. Oh how I wish we would wake up here in Utah and retire this Trump follower from the Senate. Lee, along with several other Republican Trump followers were a disgrace at the hearings for Judge Jacksons. My respect for Senator Romney continues to grow.

  2. totally agree with comment of E Hunter Hale – Mike Lee used half truths – the 2 trump cases were not ‘overturned’ the injunction imposed was lifted to proceed with higher court appeal process – and why should any judge have to answer the insulting, bias question of “what is a women ?” ; the ‘scare word’ child pornography was seriously maligned as an attack on the judges integrity when she was well within the federal guidelines set by CONGRESSIONAL BRANCH ; oh and Lee, the supreme court justices do number ‘9’ so your math is correct that ‘5’ is the majority; however, you imbecile, the most recent “packing” of the court was done by the two past Rump appointees !! Can’t wait to vote you out of the swamp.


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