Dear Sens. Romney and Lee:
The dirty tricks of both parties that are often a part of politics are quite upsetting to the common citizen. It has caused Americans to no longer trust politicians in general. Unfortunately, the word politician can now be used as a pejorative in many cases in this great land. I am writing you this letter to ask you to add some honesty and decency to your calling and sacred position as a U.S. senator for the great state of Utah.
The following are facts that I know you are both well aware of. The Honorable Associate Justice Antonin Scalia passed away on Feb. 13, 2016. On March 16, 2016, President Barack Obama nominated the rather moderate Merrick Garland for associate justice of the Supreme Court. Thereafter, Sen. Mitch McConnell refused to hold hearings or a vote on the nominee.
Sen. Lee, you said on March 16, 2016, “In light of the contentious presidential election already well underway, my colleagues and I on the Judiciary Committee have already given our advice and consent on this issue: We will not have any hearings or votes on President Obama’s pick.”
Sen. Romney, I don’t recall your specific position in 2016 and I can’t find any direct quotes regarding the matter. In light of that, I will share a recent quote from President Trump in April of this year, “I’m not a fan of Mitt Romney, I don’t really want his advice.”
You both know the honest, honorable and best thing to do to heal this country is to not vote for a Supreme Court justice until after inauguration. After all, a wise man once said, “Freedom itself is dependent on the strength and vitality of our national character.”
Aaron Nelson, Farmington