Sunday, February 28, 2016

Black voters see fight over next Supreme Court justice as Obama snub

Democrats are pressuring senators in several states to back down from their refusal to consider Obama's nominee to succeed the late Antonin Scalia. In some states, they may get help from African-Americans who see the court battle as the latest GOP snub of Obama.

BY ERRIN HAINES WHACK, ASSOCIATED PRESS February 28, 2016 at 11:54 AM EST


Former Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s death on Saturday has set off a major political battle over filling his seat during an election year. Photo by Reuters/Carlos Barria


PHILADELPHIA — Watching the fight unfold between President Barack Obama and Senate Republicans over who should choose the next Supreme Court justice, Michael A. Bowden got angry at what he saw at the latest affront to the first black president.

And then his thoughts turned from Washington to his own state.

Obama won’t be on the ballot this fall, but Pennsylvania GOP Sen. Pat Toomey will – and Bowden has made defeating him in November a priority.

“This kind of thing really burns me to the core,” said Bowden, a 56-year-old Air Force veteran from Philadelphia. “I’ve already started planting the seed in people’s heads that Sen. Toomey is one of those people in lockstep with the Republicans. This could give him a wake-up call that he could be vulnerable as well.” Read More here:  Black voters see fight over next Supreme Court justice as Obama snub:

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