SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC 4 News) – President Trump’s nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court, Judge Neil Gorsuch, is known for strictly interpreting the constitution.
“He’s an originalist, which is what conservatives really wanna see,” said Michelle Mumford, a Utah Republican and appellate lawyer who formerly clerked for the U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals.
Gorsuch is currently a federal judge on the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals based in Denver.
“I think Judge Gorsuch on the Supreme Court is great for Utah,” said Mumford.
“He is strong on Second Amendment rights, he is strong on religious freedom rights, he questions administrative regulation and the power of agencies,” added Mumford.
Gorsuch is 49 years old. He’s a Colorado native. Many legal experts and observers of the Supreme Court compare him to Judge Antonin Scalia, whose death created the vacancy on the court nearly a year ago.
Utah State Senator Jim Dabakis, a Democrat, watched the televised speech on Tuesday night and was impressed by the judge’s words. Still, he says, he doesn’t agree with Gorsuch on political philosophy.
“I think the whole idea of original intent, which is what Justice Scalia has and what he has…Which means, somehow, all that is important is going back into the minds of the founders, and somehow, trying to figure out what they would think about government wiretapping? I think is just an absurd notion,” said Dabakis.