CREDO on SCOTUS pick: Judge Merrick Garland deserves an up-or-down vote

CREDO Action released the statement below in response to President Obama’s nomination of Judge Merrick Garland to the United States Supreme Court:

“Senate Republicans knew Merrick Garland was a well-qualified jurist when they overwhelmingly confirmed him to the Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit – and they know it now,” said CREDO Political Director Murshed Zaheed.

“Judge Garland’s background does not suggest he will be a progressive champion and he is not the justice a conservative Republican would have nominated, but it is Pres. Obama's Constitutional duty to nominate Supreme Court justices, and he is clearly qualified.” Zaheed continued. “It’s time for Senate Republicans to stop dodging their constitutional duty and confirm Judge Garland without delay,” he added.

Since Justice Scalia’s death CREDO has launched an aggressive, multi-faceted campaign to pressure key Senate Republicans not to obstruct President Obama’s nominee. CREDO will continue fighting for a fair hearing and an up-or-down vote now that Judge Merrick Garland has been nominated. Highlights of our campaign can be found below.

WWW.OBSTRUCTIONIST.CLUB SUPREME COURT VACANCY ACTIVISM HUB: CREDO’s Obstructionist.Club website serves as a hub for activism and content on the unprecedented Republican obstructionism we’ve seen since the death of Justice Scalia. The site includes blog posts from experts, petition campaigns, call campaigns and other ways for activists to hold Republican Senators accountable for promising to obstruct President Obama’s forthcoming Supreme Court nominee.

250,000+ PETITION SENATE REPUBLICANS NOT TO OBSTRUCT PRES. OBAMA’S NOMINEE: Grassroots opposition to Republicans’ obstructionism is catching fire nationwide. Since Justice Scalia’s death, more than 255,000 activists signed a CREDO petition demanding that Senate Republicans “hold fair hearings and an up-or-down vote on President Obama’s nominee” for the Supreme Court.

DIGITAL AD CAMPAIGN TARGETS OBSTRUCTIONISTS ON SOCIAL MEDIA: CREDO is running a series of digital ads calling out swing state Senate Republican obstructionists who have indicated that they won’t give President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee a fair hearing. The ads – which are being displayed to local Facebook users – include a headshot of each Republican Senator with an “OBSTRUCTIONIST” stamp on the forehead. Screenshots of specific ads are available upon request.

GRASSROOTS CALL CAMPAIGN TARGETS KEY SWING STATE SENATE REPUBLICANS: Using a sophisticated call tool that connects them directly with the in-district and Washington, DC offices of key swing state Senate Republicans, CREDO activists have made more than 2,300 phone calls demanding an up-or-down vote on President Obama’s nominee.

LOCAL ACTIVIST-GENERATED PETITIONS BUILD HOME STATE PRESSURE: Local activists in 10 states have launched CREDO Mobilize petitions urging their Senators to support fair hearings and an up-or-down vote on President Obama’s nominee. In less than 48 hours since the petitions were launched on Tuesday morning, more than 7,000 Floridians have signed the petition targeting Senator Rubio, and more than 5,700 Pennsylvanians have signed the petition targeting Senator Toomey. All of the petitions can be viewed at:

95,000+ URGE PRESIDENT OBAMA TO NOMINATE A PROGRESSIVE: With some politicians and pundits arguing that President Obama should nominate a moderate to replace Justice Scalia, CREDO activists are urging him to instead nominate a progressive. More than 95,000 activists have signed a CREDO petition urging President Obama to “Nominate a progressive to replace Justice Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court.”

80,000+ PETITION MAJOR MEDIA OUTLETS TO TELL THE TRUTH ABOUT REPUBLICAN OBSTRUCTION: CREDO is calling on major media outlets – including CNN, CBS, ABC, FOX, and The New York Times – to avoid false equivalences and fake evenhandedness in covering the Supreme Court nomination story. More than 83,000 CREDO activists have signed a petition urging major media outlets to “report the Republicans' pledge to block a Supreme Court nomination for what it is: An unprecedented case of Republican obstructionism and anti-constitutional overreach.”

CREDO Action, part of CREDO Mobile, is a social change network of 4 million activists, sending tens of millions of petition signatures and more than 100,000 phone calls to decision-makers each year. CREDO Action members also participate in meetings, protests and other direct actions for progressive change. Follow CREDOmobile on Twitter.