Conservative group plans ad launch after court announcement to pressure red-state Dems

Conservative group plans ad launch after court announcement to pressure red-state Dems
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The conservative Judicial Crisis Network will launch an ad campaign after President TrumpDonald John TrumpGOP senators balk at lengthy impeachment trial Warren goes local in race to build 2020 movement 2020 Democrats make play for veterans' votes MORE announces his Supreme Court nominee late Monday to pressure Democratic senators in red states to back the president's selection.

The group will release $1.4 million in digital and cable ads targeting lawmakers in Alabama, Indiana, North Dakota and West Virginia, Jonathan Easley and Alexis Simendinger reported in The Hill's Morning Report.

Democratic Sens. Joe DonnellyJoseph (Joe) Simon DonnellyWatchdog accuses pro-Kavanaugh group of sending illegal robotexts in 2018 Lobbying world Trump nominees meet fiercest opposition from Warren, Sanders, Gillibrand MORE (Ind.), Heidi HeitkampMary (Heidi) Kathryn HeitkampThe Hill's Morning Report — Biden steadies in third debate as top tier remains the same Trump wins 60 percent approval in rural areas of key states Pence to push new NAFTA deal in visit to Iowa MORE (N.D.) and Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinFormer coal exec Don Blankenship launches third-party presidential bid Centrist Democrats seize on state election wins to rail against Warren's agenda Overnight Energy: Senate eyes nixing 'forever chemicals' fix from defense bill | Former Obama EPA chief named CEO of green group | Senate reviews Interior, FERC nominees criticized on ethics MORE (W.Va.) are among those being targeted, as is Sen. Doug Jones (Ala.), they noted. Unlike the others, Jones is not up for reelection this year.


The Judicial Crisis Network is running the ads for one week and has reserved another four weeks of air time nationally and in the four states.

The ads will focus on the biography of Trump's Supreme Court pick.

Another crop of ads funded by the Judicial Crisis Network, which cost $1 million and started running over a week ago, frame Democrats who oppose Trump’s nominee as obstructionist.

"President Trump has proven that he wants the best of the best on the Supreme Court,” that ad’s narrator says. “He appointed Justice Neil Gorsuch, a fair and independent justice, committed to the Constitution.”

“Extremists will lie and attack the nominee, but don't be fooled,” the narrator continues. “President Trump's list includes the best of the best. And with your help, America will get another star on the Supreme Court.”

Democratic votes for Trump's Supreme Court pick may be important for confirmation, as Republicans hold a slim 51-49 Senate majority.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGOP senators balk at lengthy impeachment trial Graham: Senate trial 'must expose the whistleblower' Graham says Schiff should be a witness in Trump impeachment trial MORE (R-Ky.) in 2016 blocked a vote on former President Obama’s Supreme Court pick, Merrick GarlandMerrick Brian GarlandAppeals court clears way for Congress to seek Trump financial records Divisive docket to test Supreme Court ahead of 2020 Majority disapprove of Trump Supreme Court nominations, says poll MORE, and many on the left are calling on a similar response from Democrats.

Americans for Prosperity, an advocacy group founded by GOP mega-donors Charles and David Koch, is also prepared to spend more than $1 million to support Trump's nominee, Politico reported. 

--This report was updated at 1:54 p.m.