From the memo:

Assistant Monroe County Executive Bill Napier believes President Donald Trump made a wise choice in nominating Neil Gorsuch for the U.S. Supreme Court. He should have some insight, considering he’s known the federal appellate judge from Denver, CO for decades.

Gorsuch and Napier were classmates at Georgetown Prepatory School in Maryland, a boarding school for boys. They formed a friendship based on – no surprise – their interest in government.

“We spent a lot of time together. We were involved in some kind of nerdy pursuits and model OAS – that’s Organization of American States – and model UN and things like that,” Napier said.

Shortly after Gorsuch’s nomination, Napier sent the judge a congratulatory email. Napier said he has followed his old friend’s “impressive” career closely throughout the years, and he had “no doubt” that Gorsuch would some day rise to the highest levels of the judiciary.

“I mean he’s the smartest guy I’ve ever met in my entire life,” Napier said. “He never made it seem like we were not anything other than equals, but I knew at the time that he had this within him and that he was gonna go somewhere.”

The assistant county executive is a Republican, but he has joined a bipartisan group advocating for Gorsuch’s confirmation. He and more than 80 classmates from Georgetown Prepatory School, including New York Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman, signed a letter urging the Senate to act quickly on the nominee.

“We are prominent and active Democrats, Republicans, Independents, liberals, conservatives and moderates,” the letter reads. “Most important, however, we have been friends with Neil Gorsuch for over 35-years, and he has not changed since we chose him to be the President of our student body.”