To the Honorable Senators from Texas

To the Honorable Senator Cruz,

My name is Mary Margaret Healy and I live in [Redacted], Texas. I work for a local municipal court as a clerk, and I am writing to you as a citizen who has perhaps more than the average concern for the continued legitimacy of the judicial process and judicial systems in the United States. Today I write to you to demand as your constituent that you refuse to vote if the Senate holds confirmation hearings for an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court.

I did not vote for you in the last election, Senator Cruz, but I was not overly troubled when you were announced as the winning candidate. You and I disagree on several issues, but I find it easy to trust you to do your job exactly as you stated you would. Like you said yourself in more than one speech in 2016, you have stuck to your principles and your values, political and personal, on difficult and divisive issues. That is why I am so fervently hopeful in writing to you today. After the sudden and tragic death of Justice Scalia in 2016, you said his replacement “should be a decision for the people” and that the Senate needed to “let the election decide.” I did not agree with you then, but your argument prevailed and the precedent was set. And you are a consistent conservative, a civil servant I have come to trust to stick to his word regardless of the political or social cost. So while I demand that you not vote in 2020 for a replacement for Justice Ginsburg, I also trust that you have already come to this conclusion yourself and will make the consistent, trustworthy choice.


As my Senator, you are one of two people I must be able to trust with the sanctity of the court.

The chief argument I can give you, a Senate Republican, for not casting a vote on this issue at this time, is that the legitimacy of the Supreme Court, and indeed all American courts, is at stake. With the precedent set by the Senate in the 2016 election year, if the current Senate were to deviate from that course, it would give the judicial branch an appearance of polarity, that it is overly entrenched in the political quarrels of the elected branches. While most people will never personally interact with the US Supreme Court, it is the single court that is in the news most often. As goes public sentiment toward the Supreme Court, so goes public sentiment towards the courts that individuals do more closely and often interact with. I have seen this in my work as a clerk of a small Texas town. As my Senator, you are one of two people I must be able to trust with the sanctity of the court. Follow the precedent you set in 2016. Do not appoint a new Justice until after the inauguration in January, 2021.

Please respond to my correspondence as soon as you can, as this issue is unfortunately so time-sensitive.

Thank you for your time and consideration,

Sincerely,

Mary Margaret Healy, MSW

To Honorable Senator Cornyn,

My name is Mary Margaret Healy and I live in [Redacted], Texas. I work for a local municipal court as a clerk, and I am writing to you as a citizen who has perhaps more than the average concern for the continued legitimacy of the judicial process and judicial systems in the United States. Today I write to you to demand as your constituent that you refuse to vote if the Senate holds confirmation hearings for an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court.


To have Senators who were rejected by their constituents deciding the selection of a lifetime appointment is the antithesis of empowerment to the American people.

In your March 16, 2016 address to the Senate on the nomination of Judge Merrick Garland, you spoke highly of Texans deserving to have a say in the selection of the next lifetime appointment of the Supreme Court. You stated that “the only way to empower the American people and ensure that they have a voice is for the next president to make the nomination to fill this vacancy.” It is critical that you stand with your principles on this issue. If you hesitate and cave to the political pressure coming from those outside of Texas, then you are not the strong leader we all need you to be at this difficult time.

According to the Congressional Research Service’s 2018 report on the process, the confirmation of a Supreme Court Justice takes the Senate, on average, 69 days. If President Trump were to put forward a nomination by this Friday, September 25, and the confirmation took even 40 days, the final vote could include as many as eight lame duck Senators. To have Senators who were rejected by their constituents deciding the selection of a lifetime appointment is the antithesis of empowerment to the American people.

As a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, you of course understand the importance of the neutrality of the courts. I, as a constituent of yours who serves my community through my work at a municipal court in a small town here in Texas, also feel the weight of that importance. You stand for law and order in this country, and you stand for the rights of your Texan constituents: you cannot pollute the court by upsetting precedent in this way and drawing the court’s next justice into the political quagmire.

I am expecting you to serve your constituents and give us a voice, just as you swore to do in 2016, and just as you swore to do in your oath of office when you promised to well and faithfully discharge your duties as our Senator. I anxiously await your response to this letter, as this is an unfortunately time-sensitive issue.

Thank you for your consideration and your service,

Sincerely,

Mary Margaret Healy, MSW

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