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New Ads Target Senate GOP Over Supreme Court 'Obstructionism'

The Supreme Court vacancy following Scalia's death has become the subject of ads against Senate Republicans. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Senate Majority PAC, a group aligned with Democrats, unveiled a new round of digital ads Tuesday accusing Senate Republicans of “unprecedented obstructionism" by vowing not to consider anyone whom President Barack Obama nominates to succeed Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.  

Their effort came on the same day Senate leaders including Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., reiterated their belief  that the next president should choose a nominee to take the place of Scalia, who died earlier this month. “People across the country are fed up with Republicans putting politics ahead of the public good and McConnell’s unprecedented obstructionism has made his entire caucus that much more vulnerable this November,” Shripal Shah, a spokesman for Senate Majority PAC, said in a statement to Roll Call.  

Promoted posts on Facebook and Twitter will direct potential voters to a website featuring home state editorials criticizing the position of Senate Republicans on the Supreme Court, he said.  

Along with McConnell and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles E. Grassley of Iowa, the ads will target vulnerable Republican senators up for re-election in Arizona, Illinois, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, as well as Rep. Joe Heck, a Republican Senate candidate in Nevada.  

The two-week digital buy is part of a larger online effort  Senate Majority PAC announced in December. The group told Roll Call at the time it had budgeted $1.5 million for online ads.  

Contact Yokley at EliYokley@rollcall.com and on Twitter @eyokley.

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