Americans for Prosperity (AFP) had been a hearty backer of the approval of Judge Neil Gorsuch's seat on the U.S. Supreme Court leading up to his confirmation Friday.
“Judge Gorsuch has a long record of exercising judicial restraint, respecting the rule of law and adhering to the principles of federalism and separation of powers," AFP Chief Government Officer Brent Gardner said earlier in the week. "Judge Gorsuch has shown dedication to upholding the Constitution rather than ruling based on his politics. Everyone should agree on these mainstream principles."
AFP sent a letter to the Senate stating why he should be approved.
"The American people deserve a qualified, mainstream candidate like Judge Gorsuch," the letter read. "He is highly qualified and has extensive experience impartially interpreting the Constitution and Congress' statutes in their original intent. As a judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals of the 10th Circuit—for which he was unanimously confirmed by the Senate in 2006—Judge Gorsuch displayed a commitment to applying the law in an impartial manner and upholding the Constitution in its original intent. He demonstrates commitment to protecting individual rights from government overreach and preserving the rule of law."
In addition to the letter, AFP state chapters held press conferences asking their senators to approve Gorsuch. The organization claimed that its grassroots volunteers made many thousands of calls urging their lawmakers to approve the nominee.