Judge Neil Gorsuch, the nominee to fill the Supreme Court seat left open following the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, has spent a fair amount of time in the hot seat as the Senate Judiciary Committee puts him through his paces.
Throughout the hearings, Gorsuch has stood firm on the belief that the judiciary must remain independent.
Pressing that issue, Senator Al Franken (D-MN) alluded to Gorsuch’s past “political activism,” noting that he would forgive the judge:
“I don’t hold it against you that you did political work. Lots of people do.”
As some on Twitter noticed, the judge took a breath — and even appeared to roll his eyes — as he gave his response:
“In 1976, I was walking the district with my mom when she ran for state house.”
A little quick arithmetic reveals that Gorsuch, who was born in 1967, was just 9 years old at the time:
Gorsuch’s confirmation hearings entered their fourth day on March 23 and remain under the shadow of a filibuster threatened by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY).