Progressive group targets GOP senators on Trump court pick

Progressive group targets GOP senators on Trump court pick
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Demand Justice, an outside progressive group, is targeting a handful of Republican senators up for reelection in 2020 over a controversial court nominee. 

The group is running digital ads aimed at GOP Sens. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsGraham emerges as go-to ally for Biden's judicial picks On The Money — Biden sticks with Powell despite pressure Senators call for Smithsonian Latino, women's museums to be built on National Mall MORE (Maine), Thom TillisThomas (Thom) Roland TillisOvernight Defense & National Security — A new plan to treat Marines 'like human beings' Republicans press Milley over perceived progressive military agenda Gun control group alleges campaign finance violations in lawsuit against NRA MORE (N.C.), Cory GardnerCory GardnerGun control group alleges campaign finance violations in lawsuit against NRA Colorado Supreme Court signs off on new congressional map Colorado remap plan creates new competitive district MORE (Colo.) and Joni ErnstJoni Kay ErnstBiden picks former Senate candidate Theresa Greenfield to Iowa's USDA post Biden has just 33 percent approval rating in Iowa poll Overnight Defense & National Security — A new plan to treat Marines 'like human beings' MORE (Iowa) ahead of the Senate’s vote on Chad Readler’s circuit court nomination. 

“Chad Readler is the architect of the Trump legal strategy to roll back Obamacare. A vote for Readler is a vote to get rid of protections for people with preexisting conditions,” said Demand Justice Executive Director Brian Fallon.

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Collins, Tillis, Gardner and Ernst are up for reelection in purple states and viewed as top targets by Democrats. Collins and Gardner, in particular, are running in states won by 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonCountering the ongoing Republican delusion Republicans seem set to win the midterms — unless they defeat themselves Poll: Democracy is under attack, and more violence may be the future MORE and are viewed as vulnerable. 

“Senator Susan Collins says she supports protections for people with pre-existing conditions. So why would she vote to support Chad Readler?” reads a version of the Demand Justice ad targeting Collins.

Democrats and their outside group allies have homed in on Readler’s nomination because of his views on an anti-ObamaCare lawsuit. The Senate will take a procedural vote on Readler’s nomination on Tuesday. 

Readler, who previously worked as an assistant attorney general for the civil division at the Department of Justice, filed a brief last year supporting a lawsuit filed by Texas and other states seeking to strike down the Affordable Care Act.

All 47 Democrats are expected to vote against Readler’s nomination, but they can’t block him on their own. Democrats nixed the 60-vote filibuster for district and circuit court judges in 2013. 

Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerDemocratic frustration growing over stagnating voting rights bills Schumer mourns death of 'amazing' father Feehery: The honest contrarian MORE (D-N.Y.) said on Tuesday that Republicans couldn’t both support Readler and say they support protecting people with pre-existing conditions. 

“It’s all well and good to say you want to protect them but those promises and pronouncements mean next to nothing if they won’t vote to reject a lifetime appointment for the man who played the starring role in the legal effort to take these conditions away,” Schumer said. 

Fallon, who previously worked for Schumer, added that Republicans “are in a bind because they like to pretend to support the most popular parts of Obamacare, but voting for Readler will make hypocrites out of them all.”