By Mark Abrams
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Activists stages a protest outside the Philadelphia office of Senator Pat Toomey on Tuesday, urging him to abandon the Republican leadership position on a key vote.READ MORE: Philadelphia Weather: Stormy Evening Brings In Seasonal Temperatures For Early Next Week
The group, backed by the left-leaning Moveon.org and filled with union and Democratic partisans, demanded Senator Toomey reject the GOP Senate leadership’s position of no vote on President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland and go along with Democrats who want to give him an up or down vote.
“We’re preparing for the future and that’s why obstructionism at any level has to be opposed, regardless of who’s doing it.,” said Jeff Garis, a Philadelphia-based activist leading the chants.READ MORE: Inaugural Penn Relays 5K Underway At Penn Park
He says while it’s certainly a partisan battle, it’s time to set that behavior aside for the good of the country.
“He believes all Pennsylvanians should have a voice in whether to change the balance of the court, and they will have that voice in less than eight months at the ballot box, ” said Sen. Toomey’s spokeswoman Melissa Ferdinand.MORE NEWS: Woman Raped On El Train In Upper Darby While Others Stood Around And 'Did Nothing,' Police Say
Meaning, she says, voters should decide in November who the next president is and let that person make the nomination.