New Ads Target Senate GOP Over Supreme Court ‘Obstructionism’

The casket containing the body of Justice Antonin Scalia, who passed away over the weekend, is carried into the Supreme Court to lie repose, February 19, 2016, before his burial tomorrow. His former law clerks served as honorary pallbearers. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
The casket containing the body of Justice Antonin Scalia, who passed away over the weekend, is carried into the Supreme Court to lie repose, February 19, 2016, before his burial tomorrow. His former law clerks served as honorary pallbearers. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
Posted February 23, 2016 at 5:51pm

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.