Ayotte Says Waiting On Supreme Court Pick Will Make Process Less Political

Mar 24, 2016

Gov. Maggie Hassan and Sen. Kelly Ayotte
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Kelly Ayotte says she's gotten mixed feedback from voters over her stance on filling the Supreme Court vacancy left by the death of Antonin Scalia.

But she says she's only doing what she thinks is best.

"Obviously with the Supreme Court these fights become very political, and when you have this type of balance heading into a presidential election, that that's why I've said let's have the people of the country weigh in. I think that will actually make this less of a political process in the middle of an election season."

Ayotte was speaking after an awards ceremony honoring girls science teams at a Nashua charter school. Governor Maggie Hassan, who hopes to replace Ayotte in the Senate, was also there. She's accused Ayotte of doing the bidding of GOP leaders and donors in deferring action on filling the Supreme Court until after November.