State Auditor Jim Zeigler is telling his fellow Alabama residents to lobby their senators to prevent the Obama administration from choosing a Supreme Court justice who will replace the late Antonin Scalia.
Over the weekend Zeigler took to Facebook on his “Waste Cutter” public page and implored followers to help prevent the nomination from coming to a vote until President Barack Obama exits the Oval Office next January.
“YOU can make a difference in keeping President Obama from naming a Justice to succeed Antonin Scalia,” wrote Zeigler.
The post continues:
Please copy and send this entire message by e-mail, Facebook, or other means to all who support the Constitution:
Please quickly contact your two U.S. Senators. Ask them to:
__Go back in session immediately so that the President cannot make a RECESS APPOINTMENT to the Supreme Court.
__Stay in session until a new President is inaugurated.
__Delay or reject any nominee the President names so the new President can do that.
While it is the President’s constitutional right to name a nominee, it is equally the right of the US Senate to confirm, reject, or delay.
Zeigler also included a U.S. Senate director to help Alabamians reach out to Sen. Richard Shelby, the state’s senior senator, and Sen. Jeff Sessions, Alabama’s junior senator since 1997.
The state auditor, who holds a unique ombudsman-like position in the state Cabinet, has been heavily involved in state and national politics of late. He issued an unorthodox intra-party rebuttal to Gov. Robert Bentley‘s State of the State address earlier this month, and speaks on his radio show as much about the Obama administration as he does Montgomery affairs.
Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky told reporters as early as Sunday the Senate would be extremely reluctant to take up an Obama-appointed nominee. Senate Democrats, for their part, say it is the chamber’s constitutional duty to offer advice and consent to whoever is the sitting president.