After reportedly being vetted by the Obama administration, Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval has withdrawn himself from consideration for the open seat on the Supreme Court. “Earlier today, I notified the White House that I do not wish to be considered at this time for possible nomination to the Supreme Court of the United States,” Sandoval said in a statement Thursday. “I have also spoken to Senators Reid, Heller, and McConnell and expressed the same desire to them. The notion of being considered for a seat on the highest court in the land is beyond humbling, and I am incredible grateful to have been mentioned.”
In my opinion, the White House leaked the Sandoval vetting story in order to draw out GOP Senators willing to buck their own leadership.