Walker, Schimel call for vote on Gorsuch for court

Gov. Scott Walker and fellow Republican Attorney General Brad Schimel are trying to put pressure on Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin to allow for an up or down vote on President Donald Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court.

Walker and Schimel both spoke out at a Wednesday news conference in the state Capitol in favor of the Senate confirming Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. Baldwin opposes the nomination.

“The American people deserve a court that can reach decisions,” Schimel said. “United States and Sen. Baldwin should vote an up or down vote on Judge Gorsuch quickly. They owe that to the American people.”

But Walker and Schimel say the American people deserve and expect a vote. Their comments come after both Walker and Schimel had opposed the Senate voting last year on then-President Barack Obama’s nominee because it was an election year.

“I want a person of integrity. I want a person who understands the law. And I want someone who understands the role of the judiciary, even in the highest court in the land, is to uphold the constitution of the United States and those laws duly enacted within it — no more, no less.” Walker said. “I think with Judge Gorsuch, that’s exactly what we have. We have someone who fits that criteria.”

Walker said he wouldn’t hypothesize about what his position would be if Trump nominated someone in the last year of his presidency.