U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris in San Diego in February. Photo by Chris Stone

Reacting to the resignation of Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, Sen. Kamala Harris on Wednesday called the judges on President Trump’s list of replacements “complete non-starters.”

“The President’s list of potential nominees are complete non-starters. They are conservative ideologues instead of mainstream jurists,” she said in a statement.

Harris, a former California attorney general, urged that confirmation of any nominee be put off until after the mid-term elections in November.

“Given the stakes of this seat which will determine the fate of protected constitutional rights, the American people, who are set to vote in less than four months, deserve to have their voice heard,” she said. “We should not vote on confirmation until they have voted at the ballot box.”

Kennedy announced Wednesday that he is retiring effective July 31 after more than 30 years on the court. He was the swing vote on many decisions, and his retirement is expected to set off a vicious confirmation battle.

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.