(CNS News) -- While talking to reporters during a break in the Supreme Court-nomination hearings for Judge Amy Coney Barrett, Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas) said he thinks the discussions surrounding the upcoming election and alleged “conspiracy theories” about the high court are an attempt by Democratic senators to “stoke” their fundraising.
Sen. Cornyn is currently up for reelection in Texas and is leading in the polls, according to FiveThirtyEight, by an average of eight points. Reporters asked Cornyn how he thinks the confirmation hearings will affect his election.
“I think it’ll probably be a fundraising bonanza for my opponents,” Cornyn said. “That’s what they do, they raise money in small dollars online. And, obviously we’re all very visible here and people understand the role we’re playing. So, that’s fine.”
“But, I think that’s why you’re seeing so much talk about the election and [Supreme Court] conspiracies and so forth, trying to stoke their base and particularly their donors,” said the senator.
Questions by Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) at the hearing led to tweets claiming he was describing conspiracy theories. Whitehouse, for instance, used a prop board to inform about so-called “Dark Money” and used a red sharpie to circle and draw arrows to different pieces of information.
Cornyn ended his comments by saying, “I think everything is a little different by the state, but my state, people expect me to do my duty, and that’s what I’m doing.”