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Hoosiers Should Demand that Joe Donnelly Support a Vote on SCOTUS Nominee

Sen. Donnelly is one of ten Democrat senators up for reelection in 2018 from States that voted for Donald Trump - and could easily control whether Neil Gorsuch is confirmed.

The Democrats in the U.S. Senate have promised a filibuster to prevent a vote on the confirmation of Judge Neil Gorsuch, President Trump's nominee to replace the late Antonin Scalia on the United States Supreme Court.   Under current Senate rules, 60 Senators must vote to stop a fillibuster of a vote to confirm a Supreme Court nominee (known as "cloture").  Some Republicans in the Senate are reluctant to invoke the "nuclear option," by which the Republican majority in the Senate could simply change the rules and require only 51 votes for cloture to halt a filibuster - rightfully fearing that the rule change could be used against Republicans in the future if and when the Democrats regain a majority in the Senate.  For these reasons, it is at least possible, if not likely, that eight Democrat Senators would need to break from the party line and vote in favor of giving Judge Gorsuch a vote on the Senate floor in order for Judge Gorsuch to be confirmed and take his seat on the high court.

Sen. Joe Donnelly is one of ten Democrat senators up for reelection in 2018 in States that voted for Donald Trump for president in November, along with Sherrod Brown of Ohio, Clair McCaskill of Missouri, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Gill Nelson of Florida, Jon Tester of Montana, Bob Casey of Pennsylvania, Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin and Debbie Stabenow of Michigan.   In Indiana, Trump won the presidential election with a margin of almost twenty percent and many observers credit the huge turnout of Trump supporters for a Republican sweep of every elected office at the state level, including Governor Holcomb's victory over John Gregg, as well as Todd Young's defeat of once-heavily-favored Evan Bayh for U.S. Senate.  Many of us voted for Donald Trump in very large part because we trusted Trump to nominate a Supreme Court justice who would uphold the legacy of the late Justice Scalia of being a strict constructionist of the United States Constitution and a defender of our right to keep and bear arms as protected by the Second Amendment.  

In this environment, Sen. Donnelly should be extremely wary of the reaction of Hoosier voters if he stands in the way of a vote on the confirmation of Judge Neil Gorsuch.  Although Sen. Donnelly often touts his voting record on gun control issues and his "A" rating from the National Rifle Association - Hoosiers should communicate to him in no uncertain terms that his participation in the obstructionist strategy of the Senate Democrats to prevent a vote on the confirmation of Judge Gorsuch on the floor of the Senate will be seen as an all-out assault on our Second Amendment rights and the relinquishment of any standing to claim a pro-Second Amendment record during his campaign for reelection in 2018.

During The Gun Guy Show on Saturday, I called for Hoosiers to contact Sen. Donnelly and demand that he vote for cloture of the anticipated Democrat filibuster of Judge Gorsuch's confirmation vote.  That audio segment can be heard below:

Please email Sen. Donnelly at  and DEMAND that he support Hoosier conservative values and our Constitutionally-protected right to keep and bear arms.  Otherwise, he should fully expect to be held accountable in 2018 during his campaign for reelection to the United States Senate.

Guy A. Relford

Guy A. Relford is a Second Amendment attorney in Carmel, Indiana.  He is also the owner and chief instructor of Tactical Firearms Training, LLC in Indianapolis and the author of “Gun Safety & Cleaning for Dummies” (Wiley & Sons Publications, 2012).  He hosts “The Gun Guy with Guy Relford” on WIBC radio in Indianapolis.

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