Vermont Governor Phil Scott was recently asked to sign a letter, backing the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
“I don’t want to rubberstamp anyone, I don’t know much about the nominee,” said Scott, R- Vermont.
The letter was sent to republican governors across the country. Scott is reportedly one of only four to not sign the letter, all of which according to Fox News are running for re-election.
Scott said, “I believe if there had been letter asking for a fair and open hearing on the confirmation, I would have signed it.”
High ranking GOP members in Vermont appeared to be blindsided by the governor’s decision.
Republican Party vice-chairmen Brady Toensing tweeted: “Scott should explain why he refused to sign the letter… Kavanaugh supported by most GOP governors.”
Scott said, “I don’t want to disagree with the party but I have to do what I think is right for Vermont and for myself… I mean this is the Supreme Court and it’s significant in many different ways.”
Scott is not the only elected official in Vermont with-holding their support of Kavanaugh. Senator Patrick Leahy has been leading the charge in Washington, trying to derail Kavanaugh’s confirmation.
“Is he a bright lawyer, yes but there are a lot of bright lawyers,” said Leahy, D- Vermont.
During his 44 years in the Senate, Leahy has seen 19 nominations to the Supreme Court as the judiciary committee’s top democrat.
Leahy wants to learn more about Kavanaugh’s role at the White House during George W. Bush’s presidency as the committee did when Elena Kagan was nominated.
Leahy said, “Jeff sessions, ranking member we wrote a letter together saying we had all of her white house papers… If that is the standard for her it better be the standard for him.”
Meanwhile, the governor says he awaits the senate confirmation hearing which republican leaders hope happens before October.
Scott said, “Without knowing the nominee, without doing my homework and looking at the credentials and so forth, I just don’t feel as though I can vying rubberstamp a nominee of any sort.”
While Scott has not announced his support for Kavanaugh, he does not oppose the nominee.