Portman Faces Heat From Ohio Voters For His Supreme Court Obstruction

Protesters: Do Your Job, Rob

COLUMBUS — Sen. Rob Portman is facing enormous backlash for his continued refusal to uphold his constitutional duty and consider the Supreme Court nominee, and yesterday, dozens of Ohio voters rallied outside of Portman’s Ohio offices with one simple message: Do your job, Rob!

Portman’s refusal to even consider the nominee is one of the clearest examples yet of how Portman is prioritizing the interests of the Washington power brokers and the wealthy special interests he serves, at the expense of Ohio’s working people.

Here’s a roundup of yesterday’s protests against Portman’s dysfunctional stance on the Supreme Court:

  • WKYC (NBC Cleveland): “With a rising chant, protesters rallied outside Senator Portman’s Cleveland office… A flyover plane echoed protesters message.”

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  • WKYC (NBC Cleveland): “The battle over President Obama’s Supreme Court nomination is now a big issue in Ohio’s Senate race… Outside Senator Rob Portman’s Cleveland office [protesters chant: “Do your job, Rob!] chanting protesters demanding Portman back hearings for President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, Judge Merrick Garland.”

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  • WSYX (ABC Columbus): “Protesters are telling [Portman] to do his job. They want a hearing on President Obama’s pick for the Supreme Court… They came with signs and, of course, a bullhorn.”

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  • WBNS (CBS Columbus): “Central Ohioans are making their voices heard… A group of about 50 people protested outside of Senator Rob Portman’s downtown Columbus office this afternoon. They called on him to fulfill his constitutional responsibility.”

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  • WCMH (NBC Columbus): “Republican opposition to holding hearings on the President’s Supreme Court nominee is likely to become a significant campaign issue for some Senators, including Ohio Republican Rob Portman. Several dozen protesters holding a rally outside Senator Portman’s Columbus office…”

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  • WLWT (ABC Cincinnati): “More than two dozen people took part in the ‘Do Your Job’ rally in Columbus today,” targeting Senator Portman.

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  • WKRC (CBS Cincinnati): “Senator Rob Portman’s Columbus office was one of the 50 places at which protestors showed up today.”

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  • WSYX (ABC Columbus): “A couple dozen protesters rallied outside Senator Rob Portman’s office Monday afternoon demanding he hold a vote in the Senate for President Barack Obama’s pick to the Supreme Court.”

  • WKYC (NBC Cleveland): “‘Do your job, Rob!’ was slated to be a message on a banner on a fly-over plane… The issue is now the focal point of the Senate race, pitting Ted Strickland against Rob Portman.”

  • Associated Press: “The protesters delivered copies of the U.S. Constitution to the senators… [Ted Strickland’s] criticism of Portman for opposing the confirmation hearings has been unrelenting.”

This weekend, the editorial boards of the four largest newspapers in Ohio also condemned Portman for his refusal to do his job and his obstruction of the constitutional process.

  • Columbus Dispatch: “Once again, [Republicans like Sen. Portman] are making it easy to portray them as obstructionists… it is illogical to argue that the president already elected has less right to seat a new justice than a president who has yet to be elected.”

  • Cleveland.com: “Locked in a tight re-election battle this year, Sen. Rob Portman has decided to fall in line with Republican Party leaders in their sharply partisan and uncompromising stance on President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nomination. That would be a mistake.”

  • Cincinnati Enquirer: “The Enquirer editorial board urges Portman, who’s up for re-election, and McConnell to reconsider their opposition to hearings for this nominee who has previously received bipartisan support. We elect our leaders to run government, but increasingly they seem to spend their time raising money for the next election, running for office and/or shutting down government to make a point.”

  • Toledo Blade: “The Republican-controlled Senate — including Ohio Sen. Rob Portman — has no justification for refusing to give the nomination of Judge Merrick Garland a fair hearing and a yes-or-no vote… If Senator Portman maintains his lockstep partisan obstructionism, Ohio voters will need to keep that in mind this Election Day.”

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