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Murphy: My Constituents Tell Me They Want “A National Campaign” Against SCOTUS Nominee

July 12, 2018 By Staff
Murphy: My Constituents Tell Me They Want “A National Campaign” Against SCOTUS Nominee

Dispatches from Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal, who appear eager to talk to any Washington, D.C. reporter that asks them about Kavanaugh.

In the days since President Trump nominated Judge Brett Kavanaugh to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court, Sens. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) have been among the most eager Senate Democrats to tell reporters why their colleagues should oppose Kavanaugh.

Murphy told The Hill his constituents are asking him and other Democrats “to mount a national campaign” against Kavanaugh.

When asked about what kind of feedback he’s gotten from party constituents on Kavanaugh’s nomination, Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) said, “I think they want us to mount a national campaign to try to convince Republicans to vote against this guy.”

Blumenthal told The New York Times that “everyone” should reconsider Kavanaugh if he is unwilling to recuse himself from any matters involving Trump’s finances or Russia.

Democrats are making the case that Judge Kavanaugh should pledge to recuse himself from any case involving Mr. Trump’s financial dealings or the Russia investigation.

“For me it’s a threshold qualifying question,” said Senator Richard Blumenthal, Democrat of Connecticut. “If he is unwilling to state that he will recuse himself, I think everyone should really reconsider whether they can support this nominee.”

And Blumenthal also told red-state Senate Democrats considering a vote for Kavanaugh that history is watching them.

“They’ll have to answer to history for their votes long after the next election and memories fade about almost every other vote,” Blumenthal said. “They’ll be remembered for what they did here and they know it.”

Neither Murphy nor Blumenthal have met with Kavanaugh, but both are among the leaders of the opposition to Kavanaugh.