EL PASO — An El Paso source close to Justice Antonin Scalia tells ABC-7 that the 79-year-old died in his sleep last night after a day of quail hunting at Cibolo Creek Ranch outside of Marfa, Texas.Staggeringly, the communications flack for Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) went you-know-where with his Twitter feed immediately after hearing the news:
The Justice did not report feeling ill and retired to his room after dinner. The source, who was traveling with Scalia, told ABC-7 an El Paso priest has been called to Marfa.
Scalia was the longest-serving current Justice on the Supreme Court. He was appointed by President Ronald Reagan in 1986.
And then followed that up — not an hour later — with:
What is less than zero? The chances of Obama successfully appointing a Supreme Court Justice to replace Scalia?— Conn Carroll (@conncarroll) February 13, 2016
Haven't seen anything from the Indiana delegation yet. We'll update.
CNN and Fox News are both talking about the politics of Scalia's death. OMG. The monsters.— Conn Carroll (@conncarroll) February 13, 2016