GOP uses Kagan as election fundraiser

By Kimberly Atkins

The Daily Record Newswire

BOSTON, MA -- Last year, Senate Republicans took their time in revealing how they intended to vote on then-Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor.

But this year, GOP senators are coming out early with vocal opposition to the nomination of Elena Kagan to the nation's top court. And the difference is less about the nominees and more about the calendar: it's election time.

GOP lawmakers are making their case against Kagan in order to drum up campaign support and cash at a time when the president is suffering from low popularity numbers, according to this piece by the Associated Press's Julie Hirschfeld Davis.

''What you're seeing is where there are senators and candidates who are closest to the people - those senators and candidates who are in election races or up for election - they're the ones that are coming out most strongly against Kagan,'' said Gary Marx of the conservative Judicial Crisis Network, a group urging Republicans and Democrats from states with contested elections to oppose the candidate.

Published: Mon, Jul 19, 2010