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Local political experts react to Supreme Court justice nomination

Published: Sep. 27, 2020 at 7:40 PM CDT
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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - Just weeks away from election day, President Donald Trump nominates Amy Coney Barrett to replace the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg as a Supreme Court Justice.

The nomination has local political figures in the region talking, including retired Judge Rosemary Collins, who expressed some of her concerns.

“I wasn’t surprised that she was the nominee, I am disappointed that she is the nominee," said Collins.

Paul Hoffman is running for a seat in the Illinois Senate, he approves the decision.

“I’m in favor of this nomination," said Hoffman.

Judge Barrett is a mother to seven children and serves as a Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

Collins served the Rockford region as a judge for more than 30 years, she points to a lack of experience as a point of emphasis.

“Amy Coney Barret has only been a judge just about three years, not quite three years but almost," said Collins. "That is a very short time to get a look at somebody’s judicial perspective.”

Hoffman said he prefers a strong interpretation of the constitution and said Barrett’s style fits that mold.

“She seems to follow that strict adherence to the constitution in many of her court cases," said Hoffman

Senate hearings for Barrett begin October 12th, but Collins still has many unanswered questions about the nomination.

“Why are they in such a rush? Why are they in such a rush to push her through?” said Collins. “What is it about her that she has been able to convey to them that gives them such confidence?”

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