With fight looming over Ginsburg’s replacement Pa.’s Casey lines up in opposition, Toomey still silent

U.S. Sens. Bob Casey (D) and Pat Toomey (R) of Pennsylvania (Capital-Star file)

Pennsylvania’s senior United States senator, Democrat Bob Casey, of Scranton, has already said he opposes naming a replacement for Ginsburg before the next presidential election.

“Consistent with the precedent set by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in 2016, Justice Ginsburg’s seat should not be filled until the presidential election concludes and the candidate chosen by voters is sworn into office,” Casey tweeted Friday in the hours after the news of Ginsburg’s death, from complications of cancer, became public.

While he has publicly mourned Ginsburg’s death, Pennsylvania’s other senator, Republican Pat Toomey, has not made a public statement about how the late justice’s replacement should be chosen. A spokesman said an announcement could be coming soon.

 

In February 2016, as debate raged over Garland’s nomination, Toomey, of Lehigh County said he believed that “with the U.S. Supreme Court’s balance at stake, and with the presidential election fewer than eight months away, it is wise to give the American people a more direct voice in the selection and confirmation of the next justice.”

Ginsburg, 87, was the second woman to serve on the Supreme Court and praised as a champion for women’s rights. The Supreme Court announced that Ginsburg will lie in repose at the Supreme Court on Wednesday and Thursday and will lie at the Capitol on Friday.