SACRAMENTO, CA – Carly Fiorina today announced that she has decided not to support Elena Kagan’s nomination to the Supreme Court of the United States.
“I believe the Senate’s duty to ‘advise and consent’ requires a thorough review of judicial nominees and their records. I closely followed the Senate’s confirmation hearings and have taken time to carefully consider how I would vote on Elena Kagan’s nomination were I a member of the Senate today.
“The confirmation process revealed that she has many admirable qualities – an ability to solve problems, an energetic mind and an enthusiasm for her colleagues and her work – all of which qualify her to serve as Solicitor General, the Dean of a Law School or even as a legislator. However, the process also underscored her lack of experience as a jurist, which in my mind is a key element in determining whether or not a nominee is qualified to serve as a member of the Supreme Court.
“As a member of the Court, her duties would be to faithfully interpret the Constitution and, in many cases, to exercise judicial restraint. Unfortunately, her complete lack of judicial experience coupled with a public record that sheds minimal light on how she would execute these duties gives me great pause about her qualifications to serve on the highest court in the land. It is for that reason that I have decided not to support her nomination to this position.”