Nevada’s Gov. Brian Sandoval honored by mention about Supreme Court | NevadaAppeal.com

Nevada’s Gov. Brian Sandoval honored by mention about Supreme Court

Ben Nuckols
Associated Press
Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval participates in the opening session of the National Governors Association Winter Meeting in Washington, Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
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WASHINGTON — The prospect of President Barack Obama’s nominating a Republican for the Supreme Court seems a long shot, but there’s been some talk in Washington about Nevada’s GOP governor, Brian Sandoval.

Sandoval says he’s honored to have his name mentioned as a potential successor for the late Justice Antonin Scalia, but says he’s heard nothing to think the Democratic president is considering him.

Sandoval — a former federal judge who supports abortion rights — isn’t saying whether he thinks the Senate should act on a nominee from Obama. Senate Republican leaders have said it should be up to the next president — who takes office in January 2017— to submit a nominee.

Sandoval spoke to The Associated Press on Saturday while attending the National Governors Association meeting in Washington.