Correspondence from Senator Alexander

Senator Alexander:

I want to express how infuriating your defense of McConnell is:

The people already had a voice in the selection of the next Supreme Court Justice.

The people spoke when they elected Barack Obama in 2008.

I think you already know that.


On Tue, Mar 22, 2016 at 9:55 AM, Senator Lamar Alexander <Correspondence_Reply> wrote:

March 22, 2016

Mr. Tanner Jessel
1026 N Olive St.
Knoxville, TN 37917-6945

Dear Tanner,

Thanks very much for getting in touch with me and letting me know what’s on your mind regarding the nomination of Judge Merrick Garland to serve as Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.

On March 16, 2016, President Obama nominated Judge Merrick Garland to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court left by the passing of Justice Antonin Scalia. This debate is not about Judge Garland. The debate is about whether to give the American people a voice in the selection of the next Supreme Court justice.

I believe it is reasonable to give the American people a voice by allowing the next president to fill this lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court. While the president has the right to nominate, the Senate has the power under the Constitution to provide consent for such appointments. Senator McConnell is only doing what the senate majority has the right to do and what Senate Democrat leaders, including Senator Chuck Schumer and Vice President Joe Bidden, have said they would do in similar circumstances.

I carefully weigh the opinions of Tennesseans before making decisions, and I’ll be sure to keep your comments in mind as these important issues are discussed and debated here in Washington and in Tennessee.



About Tanner Jessel

I am a recent M.S. in Information Science graduate from the University of Tennessee School of Information Science. I was formerly a graduate research assistant funded by DataONE (Data Observation Network for Earth). Prior, I worked for four years as a content lead and biodiversity scientist with the U.S. Geological Survey's Biodiversity Informatics Program. Building on my work experience in biodiversity and environmental informatics, my work with DataONE focused on exploring the nature of scientific collaborations necessary for scientific inquiry. I also conducted research concerning user experience and usability, and assisted in development of member nodes with an emphasis on spatial data and infrastructure. I assisted with research designed to understand sociocultural issues within collaborative research communities. Through August 1, 2014, I was based at the Center for Information and Communication Studies at the University of Tennessee School of Information Science in Knoxville, Tennessee.

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