WASHINGTON (CBS4) – Colorado Senator Cory Gardner says we need a westerner on the United States Supreme Court.

He’s backing President Donald Trump’s pick – Coloradan Neil Gorsuch.

Gardner met Wednesday with representatives from the American Indian tribes at the White House, talking about Gorsuch.

“We need somebody with more experience in the western land issues, water issues, tribal sovereignty issues,” Gardner said. “The 10th Circuit Court represents 20 percent of the land mass of the United States, including several of the tribal members we met with.

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Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch (L) meets with Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO) (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Senate hearings for Gorsuch’s confirmation start next week.

We do no know if he’ll also be backed by Colorado Senator Michael Bennet.

  1. John Mertz says:

    Gardner’s support of Gorsuch simply because his is a ‘Westerner’ is nonsense. Gorsuch is a terrible pick for many reasons including:

    . His fringe views on health care and contraception make him an enemy of Colorado women.
    . He would be a vote to roll back women’s rights, environmental protections, and hard-won protections against discrimination in the workplace.
    . He has even been endorsed by the founder of the National Organization for Marriage, an anti-LGBT extremist group.
    . He has a proven disregard for the rights of women, working people, and even the terminally ill.
    . He is a serious opponent of federal regulations and will be big business’s dream justice.
    . He promulgated the obscene Hobby Lobby ruling (I cannot understand how providing birth control through a employee’s health insurance violates a company owners’ religious freedom and no one has ever been able to give me a rational explanation)
    . He would vote to repeal Roe vs Wade.
    . His religion overshadows everything else and will make him rule against issues he considers blasphemy – like gay marriage.
    . He will approve gutting Planned Parenthood.
    . Science means nothing to him. He believes that judges have more insight into federal regulations than the agencies that promulgated them.
    . It is doubtful the he would fight racial injustice

    He does not represent the ideals and sentiments of the majority of Coloradans – who Gardner is supposed to represent. In fact, Colorado voters overwhelmingly voted last year to give compassionate options to terminally ill people to ease their suffering at the end of life. Gorsuch would overturn that option.

    Gardner needs to vote NO on Gorsuch.

    John Mertz

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