Washington, DC ’ Rep. Ron DeSantis (FL-06, Vice Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee's Constitution subcommittee, issued the following statement on President Trump–s nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court:

“The selection of Judge Neil Gorsuch to succeed the late Justice Antonin Scalia on the U.S. Supreme Court represents a promising choice by President Trump.  As a judge on the federal 10th Circuit Court of Appeals and in his extrajudicial writing, Gorsuch has demonstrated a strong grasp of the Constitution, exhibited an interpretive approach similar to that of Justice Scalia and Justice Clarence Thomas, and showcased top-notch writing skills.  He has impeccable academic credentials and was unanimously confirmed by the Senate to his current position in 2007.

If you created a nominee from scratch with the goal of filling Scalia's large shoes, such a nominee would look a lot like Neil Gorsuch.

At the same time, being strong on paper tells a lot but it doesn't tell everything.  Perhaps the most important quality for a constitutionalist Supreme Court justice is something that Scalia demonstrated in spades: backbone.  There will be times when the proper reading of the Constitution will diverge sharply from the conventional wisdom of D.C. elites, the legacy press and the legal intelligentsia.  Scalia never wilted in the face of intense criticism; indeed, he reveled in it, as it was a sign that he was properly discharging his constitutional duty.

I can't tell you whether Gorsuch possesses a Scalia-esque spine.  Time will tell.  If he does, he has a chance to be a great justice and fitting heir to the Scalia legacy.”?