When Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) asked Judge Neil Gorsuch about whether he was concerned by the extent to which money plays a role in politics, he started with an anecdote about watching his mom campaign for the state House as a nine-year-old. He quipped that it was her form of daycare.
Hirono was not amused.
“I’m sorry, I only have 18 minutes left,” she said, referencing the 30 minutes each senator on the committee is given for questioning during the day.
Gorsuch then answered in the same way he answered many questions throughout the hearing: by effectively declining to comment.
“I have lots of concerns as a person and a citizen. And I am now a judge and my personal views have nothing to do with how I rule on cases,” he said.