On Monday, Judge Gorsuch’s confirmation hearing will start in front of the Senate Judiciary committee. His opponents have found “little to latch on to” according to Politico. However that has not stopped Shumer and his allies from accusing Gorsuch of being a corporate stooge.
This accusation stems from a New York Times article with the headline “Neil Gorsuch Has Web of Ties to Secretive Colorado Billionaire.” The billionaire’s name is Philip Anschutz and he is well known in the state of Colorado contrary to what the New York Times reports. In fact, one of the largest medical facilities bears his name! I don’t see how his past relationship with the billionaire disqualifies Gorsuch given that other Coloradans like Senator Bennett also has a relationship with Anschutes.
Playing off of the article, Shumer and allies are attacking Gorsuch saying he favors the rich over the American worker. Shumer cites different cases to prove this. One such case was in Michigan where Gorsuch ruled against a truck driver, in Shumer’s words, because “he left his vehicle when freezing.”
The case is more complicated than Gorsuch finding an opportunity to favor the rich. TransAm Trucking fired their truck driver because of his insubordination. The driver was told to stay put because help was on its way after his truck broke. Instead, the driver unhooked the trailer and drove to a gas station. Gorsuch reasoned that the truck driver was told to stay where he was, so as to not leave the trailer, but disobeyed anyway.
Gorsuch, in his dissent, wrote that it’s not up to judges to ask whether or not TransAm made a prudent decision. The job of the judge is to “apply the law Congress did pass, not to imagine and enforce one it might have but didn’t.” And this is what bothers Shumer and his allies. The fact that Judge Gorsuch upheld the rule of law over an American worker. The Left believes that the law should be subordinate to the goal of social justice.