Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch's team is mounting a multi-pronged final push to persuade Senate Democrats to support the judge's confirmation ahead of next week's Senate vote on his bid.
Gorsuch's team told the Washington Examiner he will meet with six more senators this week ahead of next week's vote. Former New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte shepherded Gorsuch to meetings with 72 senators before the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Gorsuch's nomination began.
Ron Bonjean, a communications strategist for Gorsuch, and Rob Collins, a strategic adviser to the White House on the confirmation battle, have been coordinating with the White House and congressional Republicans for a series of activities to boost Gorsuch in the final days before Friday's scheduled vote.
Bonjean has worked with the White House, Senate and outside political groups, while Collins has worked with political and business leaders on outreach to specific senators, governors and attorneys general to land endorsements of Gorsuch.
"We have employed a 'leave no stone unturned' strategy, creating a three-dimensional advocacy campaign that builds on Judge Gorsuch's impressive confirmation hearings," Collins said. "Working with the White House, Senate leadership and a host of outside groups, we will continue to lay out a common-sense case for an up or down vote for the judge. Obviously, our strategy depends upon Democratic senators rejecting the irresponsible politics of their liberal base to get the Supreme Court back to work."
Gorsuch's team will rely heavily on Republican allies in Congress to help make their closing argument for the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals judge. The Washington Examiner has learned that Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley will speak in support of Gorsuch in front of the Supreme Court on Wednesday alongside some of Gorsuch's former law clerks and fellow GOP Judiciary Committee members, including Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Ted Cruz of Texas, Mike Lee of Utah and Mike Crapo of Idaho.
On Thursday, House Judiciary Committee members will hold a similar event on the steps of the Supreme Court boosting Gorsuch's nomination.
"We are firing on all cylinders this week with Capitol Hill Republicans as well as outside groups in action with the message that Gorsuch deserves a fair up-or-down vote as soon as possible," Bonjean said. "We are going to pound the drum on this all the way to confirmation."
As House Republicans take to the steps of the Supreme Court on Thursday, Ayotte will be holding a conference call with Gorsuch's law clerks in red states where Democrats are up for re-election in 2018. Ayotte's call will be aimed at local media in the targeted states with hopes of applying more pressure on Democratic senators.
The Senate Judiciary Committee will vote on Gorsuch's nomination on Monday and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday that the full chamber will vote April 7.