The Republican National Committee is launching a media blitz to counter President Obama’s pick to fill the vacant seat on the Supreme Court left open on the death of Justice Antonin Scalia last month, according to a report from the AP.
Attack ads and petition are set to launch in coordination with American Rising Squared, a private group contracted to work with the national conservative party in hopes to hold off a nominees until the next president is sworn into office early next year.
The campaign will include going after vulnerable congressional Democrats in their districts, to “make sure Democrats have to answer to the American people for why they don’t want voters to have a say in this process,” head of the RNC Reince Priebus said in the report.
Despite opposition from Republicans, even within hours of Scalia’s death, to hold off on announcing a potential nominee, the White House has been determined to proceed with what they consider Obama’s constitutional duty in naming a successor.
While the White House has made no announcement on the specific timing of the nominee, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest has repeatedly said the president has been vetting candidates.