Maine Gov. Paul LePage weighed in Thursday on the pitched political battle over the Supreme Court vacancy created by the death of Antonin Scalia. In a break from Republicans running for the White House, the governor who is no stranger to controversial statements said that Obama should put a name forward for the Senate’s consideration.
“I’m a big constitutionalist,” LePage said, according to a report from the Maine Sun Journal. “If it’s in the Constitution, I think it means something.”
LePage’s remarks bear similarity to those from other Maine lawmakers, including independent Sen. Angus King and Republican Sen. Susan Collins, who have pointed to their constitutional duty to advise and consent to judicial nominees. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has vowed that the Senate will not consider any nominees until after the presidential election.
But regardless of his personal feelings, the governor indicated some detachment with the issue.
“I have no clue what the federal government is going to do and I have no clue what the state Legislature is going to do, so I don’t even worry about it,” he said, referring to a confirmation hearing to the state’s Supreme Judicial Court as well.