WASHINGTON DC - Democrat Tammy Duckworth - who faces two opponents in her bid to be Illinois' U.S. Senate nominee - is calling for Democrats to pressure incumbent GOP Senator Mark Kirk to a fair hearing on President Obama's expected U.S. Supreme Court nominee.
Over the weekend, conservative Justice Antonin Scalia died suddenly, leaving Democrats with a coveted opportunity to fill the open seat with another liberal Obama pick to fill the court.
Duckworth's campaign said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell responded to the news of Scalia's death and seat vacancy with "knee-jerk obstructionism," vowing “This vacancy should not be filled until we have a new president.”
"Mark Kirk hasn’t said yet whether he agrees with McConnell’s partisan obstinance. Join us in urging Kirk to immediately commit to giving President Obama’s eventual nominee a fair hearing," an email to Duckworth supporters says.
And they offer the following link to connect through the Duckworth campaign to Kirk's office: https://action.tammyduckworth.com/supreme-court
"Kirk and his fellow Republican senators have a constitutional obligation to participate in the nomination process and allow the president’s Supreme Court nominee a vote," Duckworth's campaign said. "Let’s make sure Kirk knows Illinoisans will be watching to make sure he fulfills his responsibility to our nation."