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Sandoval does not want to sit on Supreme Court

Posted: 1:33 PM, Feb 25, 2016
Updated: 2016-02-25 17:55:40-05

Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval has withdrawn his name as a possibility to be named to the highest court of the land.

The Republican governor released the following statement on Thursday morning:

“Earlier today, I notified the White House that I do not wish to be considered at this time for possible nomination to the Supreme Court of the United States. I have also spoken to Senators Reid, Heller and McConnell and expressed the same desire to them. The notion of being considered for a seat on the highest court in the land is beyond humbling and I am incredibly grateful to have been mentioned,” said Governor Brian Sandoval.

Rumors have been flying about his possible nomination since Justice Antonin Scalia died earlier this month.

Sen. Heller released the following statement after the news broke:

“As a friend and former colleague of Governor Sandoval’s, I believe he is eminently qualified for this position. But, I support his decision to withdraw his name from consideration for the Supreme Court vacancy. I hope the next President will consider him in the future."