U.S. Senator Thom Tillis, who broke ranks a week ago with the Republican party on whether to block any U.S. Supreme Court nominee put forward by the president, is back in step with his party this week.
The Republican from Mecklenburg County was one of the 11 members of the Senate Judiciary Committee who signed a letter to the senate majority leader in which they vowed not to hold any hearings on the matter until after the presidential elections.
"The presidential election is well underway," the Feb. 23 letter to Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky states. "As we mourn the tragic loss of Justice Antonin Scalia, and celebrate his life's work, the American people are presented with an exceedingly rare opportunity to decide, in a very real and concrete way, the direction the court will take over the next generation. We believe The People should have this opportunity."
The letter is a departure from what Tillis said on Feb. 16 on The Tyler Cralle Show.
“I think we fall into the trap if we just simply say sight unseen, we fall into the trap of being obstructionists,” Tillis said on the radio broadcast from Wilmington station WAAV.
Before speaking on the radio program, Tillis accused Obama the day after Scalia's death of "utter contempt for our nation's system of checks and balances" as he said the vacancy should be left for the next president to fill.