/Demand Justice purchases digital ad attacking Chris Coons over judges

Demand Justice purchases digital ad attacking Chris Coons over judges

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Delaware Sen. Chris Coons, a Democrat, is the target of the attack ad. | Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Demand Justice, a liberal judicial group, has a new target: Democratic Sen. Chris Coons of Delaware.

Demand Justice launched a new five-figure digital ad buy Tuesday attacking Coons for voting for judges who did not explicitly affirm Brown versus Board of Education, the landmark Supreme Court decision, in their confirmation hearings. Coons is up for re-election in 2020.

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“This has to be the bottom line for opposing Trump’s judges,” said Christopher Kang, chief counsel of Demand Justice. “Senator Coons can’t have it both ways, professing support for civil rights and then turning around and voting for a majority of the judicial nominees who cannot say Brown, a civil rights cornerstone, was correctly decided.”

The ad, which will run for several weeks, features a photo of Coons and asks “Why is Chris Coons voting for these judges?” Demand Justice plans to eventually expand the ad buy to six figures with a video ad. In a press release, the group said Coons supported 18 of 33 judicial nominees who did not say they supported Brown vs. Board of Education.

But a spokesperson for Coons, who prides himself on working across the aisle, shot back at Demand Justice.

“Senator Coons has opposed unqualified Trump nominees — both for judgeships and administration positions — and has supported some whom he believes are qualified for their positions,” Sean Coit, Coons’ spokesperson, said.

Coit added that in a handful of cases nominees who were qualified and had support from Democratic senators did not answer questions about specific court decisions because they did not want to break with nominee tradition and comment on precedent.

“Senator Coons has not voted for any nominee who opposes Brown v. Board, nor would he,” Coit said.

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