Meet Neil Gorsuch: a fly-fishing Scalia fan

(CNN)Donald Trump, who has made some pretty out-of-the-box choices since he became President of the United States, decided to go establishment for his first Supreme Court pick.

Like Scalia, Gorsuch attended Ivy League schools. In fact, if Gorsuch joins the bench, each one of he new colleagues will have also attended elite universities.
But Gorsuch went a step further. He also went to Oxford.
In some ways, however, Gorsuch is an outsider with an insider’s experience.
Gorsuch spent his formative years in Washington. He attended an elite high school while his mother served as President Ronald Reagan’s EPA administrator.
After graduation, and his clerkships, he worked in the Justice Department’s and later at a white-shoe law firm.
But then when George W. Bush tapped him for the Third Circuit in 2006, (he was confirmed with no opposition) he moved back to Colorado.
There he lives on a small farm with two teenage daughters, two horses, two dogs and a barn cat.
He teaches at the University of Colorado Law School and had to duck out of a class Tuesday night to attend the White House ceremony.
That bucolic life might change over the next few weeks while he will be subject to “murder boards” as his allies prepare him for hearings and he will have to embark on courtesy visits with senators.
His Senate confirmation hearing could be particularly contentious because Democrats are still seething mad the Republican senators who blocked hearings for Merrick Garland.
And they will scrutinize his record.
He is well known, for instance, for a case called Hobby Lobby where he ruled in favor of closely held corporations who object to the contraceptive mandate in Obamacare.
Michele L. Jawando, of the Center for American Progress issued a blistering comment even before he was officially chosen.
“The Supreme Court affirmed Gorsuch’s ruling in Hobby Lobby, a decision that has been invoked to justify religious exemptions to child labor bans, anti-kidnapping laws, and anti-discrimination laws,” she said.
Jawando is also worried about other opinions he’s written and his judicial philosophy.
“Gorsuch has an extremist philosophy that would give unelected judges more power to strike down federal regulations that protect workers, consumers, and the environment. Clarence Thomas is the only current justice who shares this deregulatory philosophy,” she said.
On Wednesday morning the next fight begins.

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