Rick Scott says Joe Biden is ‘wrong’ for dodging court packing questions
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'Voters have a right to be informed.'

On Monday, Sen. Rick Scott blasted potential “court packing” schemes under a Joe Biden/Kamala Harris administration.

Scott, in Texas raising money for potential “pickup opportunities” for Republican candidates, charged that Democratic nominee Biden “won’t tell us if he’ll pack the Supreme Court. That’s wrong.”

“Voters have a right to be informed,” Scott remonstrated. “That’s clearly wrong.”

The Senator made the comments on a Republican Party of Florida press call supporting the Supreme Court nomination of Amy Coney Barrett, which was taken up Monday by the Judiciary Committee.

While the Barrett nomination appears to be a formality barring the unexpected, the prospect of court packing chills Republicans.

Biden has said he wouldn’t clarify his position until after the election is over, a non-answer that has emboldened Republicans from President Donald Trump downward to warn about the potential of a court expanded from the current nine justice threshold.

During what was a short Q&A after prepared remarks, the first-term Republican from Naples expanded on his thoughts, answering a question from a friendly reporter who is always one of the first questioners Scott addresses in these press calls. Among his contentions: that it’s “horrible what [Senate Democrats] are doing to pack the Supreme Court.”

The Senator, who blithely opined that “elections have consequences” in affirming the right of President Trump to push forward the Barrett pick weeks ahead of the 2020 vote, warned that dire consequences for those who don’t want a liberal court await if Democrats wrest Senate control from the GOP.

Scott remarked that Democrats “just want power and they want to pass their stuff in any manner possible.”

Even though Scott has expressed confidence that Barrett will be confirmed, he has also urged conservative activists to lean on his Senate colleagues to ensure they didn’t go wobbly on confirming the President’s third and potentially final Supreme Court pick.

Just as Scott worries about court packing, so too does his colleague Marco Rubio, who was slated to be on the call but was replaced at the last minute.

However, Rubio did address what he called the “third world” proposition on Fox News this weekend.

“I want people to understand, this is not going to end at nine or — I mean, we can have a Supreme Court one day that has like 15 or 18 people, 19 people every time some party gets elected, and you don’t like the makeup of the court, you just add, you know, two more people to it. I mean, that’s what they do in the third world. That would be ridiculous,” Rubio told host Jesse Watters.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has been a correspondent for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. In 2018, he was a finalist for an Association of Alternative Newsweeklies "best political column." He can be reached at AG@FloridaPolitics.com


9 comments

  • S. B. ANTHONY

    October 12, 2020 at 1:12 pm

    One of the lowest rated senators in the Senate, no one is listening to Rick “I take the Fifth” Scott.

  • TED KRUZE

    October 12, 2020 at 1:35 pm

    How much stuff has Donnie Dipschitz, Ronnie DeSycophantis, and Shouldabenafelon Scott been WRONG about???

    Get off it, Scott! NATURALLY, if Barrett and Kavanaugh turn the SCOTUS into an extremist rightwingnut court (a la Scalia and Thomas) – you can bet your arse that the Democrats WILL expand the court to 13 justices to overcome a fanatic and religious zealot like Barrett and a numbnuts like Kavanaugh.

    The court is supposed to be neutral, objective, and well-balanced. GOPs apparently don’t want it to be like that – so the GOPS ARE ‘PACKING IT’ NOW!

    Payback will be a bitch, Ricky, but, you know, it is what it is!

  • Ocean Joe

    October 12, 2020 at 1:35 pm

    Refusing to answer questions…Rick Scott is the expert! 74 times!

  • Sonja Fitch

    October 12, 2020 at 3:45 pm

    Lol nazi rick you are cracking me up with your high and mighty bs! Vote Democrat up and down ballot cause scum like Nazi rick have to have their horns trimmed and their butts kicked!

  • Jim Donelon

    October 12, 2020 at 4:10 pm

    The VERY LAST PERSON to question Biden’s stance on the Court should be the evader in chief RICK SCOTT. When he answers about his Medicare FRAUD, then I’ll expect Biden to answer about the Court.

  • James Robert Miles

    October 12, 2020 at 6:10 pm

    Once again, the one who is wrong is Rick Scott, as usual!!

  • DisplacedCTYankee

    October 13, 2020 at 8:40 am

    The term “court packing” goes back to the 1930s. It was wrong words then and it’s wrong words now. “Court reform” or “Court expansion” are more accurate. If the GOP succeeds in ramming Barrett onto the SUPCO, President Biden and Democrats may have no choice but to expand the court from nine members to eleven, or more.

  • Pedro

    October 13, 2020 at 12:48 pm

    Republicans are such hypocrites and so shameless for refusing to give a hearing to Merrick Garland yet now going forward with the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett. The voters will remember their hypocrisy and shamelessness though and vote accordingly.

  • Jeff King

    October 14, 2020 at 11:25 pm

    Dick Scott looks like an inbred lizard.

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