These 4 GOP Governors Refused to Sign Letter Supporting Amy Coney Barrett Confirmation

Four of the 28 Republican governors have opted not to add their names to a letter supporting the confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. The other 24 backed President Donald Trump's choice on October 9.

The governors are Chris Sununu of New Hampshire, Charlie Baker of Massachusetts, Phil Scott of Vermont and Larry Hogan of Maryland. All four have criticized the president in the past, though Sununu has been less prominent and outspoken than the others.

A spokesperson for Sununu told WMUR-TV he had no role in confirming a Supreme Court justice as governor. However, Sununu did sign letters in support of Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh.

Hogan has said it would be a mistake for Republicans to push through a Supreme Court pick.

"I don't think we should play partisan games with the Supreme Court," Hogan said on September 23.

"I think it would be a mistake for the Senate to ram through a nominee before the election on a partisan line vote—just as I think it would also be a mistake for the Democrats to question the integrity of the court or any of the nominees or try to pack the court," he said.

Hogan has been a frequent critic of the president and his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic in particular. Considered a moderate, Hogan's political future in a potentially post-Trump GOP has become a topic of speculation.

Massachusetts' Governor Baker also argued against a rush to confirm a successor to the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. He criticized the move on September 23, pointing to how the Senate GOP refused to hold hearings for President Barack Obama's nominee, Merrick Garland, in 2016.

"Four years later — only because the circumstances have changed — the Republicans say 'we need to move forward, it's a critical issue for the country' and the Democrats say no we should wait until after the election," he said.

"It's 100 percent ends justify the means, classic Washington behavior and it's a big part of why most people in this country think Washington is a problem. Period."

Vermont's Phil Scott made his views clear on September 19, a day after Ginsburg passed away. Writing on Twitter, he urged his party to honor her wish and not confirm someone before the election. Ginsburg had said she wanted her successor to be chosen by a new president, according to her granddaughter.

"While it is important to take the time to mourn her passing, we must also follow precedent, as well as her dying wishes, and delay the appointment process until after Inauguration Day," Scott said.

Baker recently gave a strong defense of mail-in voters, which the president has repeatedly attacked. He attacked Trump for refusing to commit unequivocally to a peaceful transfer of power. Scott has said he won't vote for Trump this year and may consider former Vice President Joe Biden.

Sununu has been less emphatic than his Republican colleagues about waiting until after the election. He believes Coney Barrett should get a hearing and other than declining to sign the letter, he's made no indication of opposing her confirmation.

However, a majority of Republican governors have backed Coney Barrett. Their letter reads, in part : "As elected leaders of our states, we support a judicial philosophy like Judge Barrett's that respects the roles of coequal branches of government and protects powers reserved to the states. Most importantly, Americans can trust Judge Barrett, because she will apply the text of the Constitution and statutes as written."

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Seventh U.S. Circuit Court Judge Amy Coney Barrett, President Donald Trump's nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court, meets with Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) as she prepares for her confirmation hearing, on Capitol Hill on October 1, 2020 in Washington, DC. A majority of Republican governors have backed her confirmation. Greg Nash-Pool/Getty Images
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