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The Kavanaugh-Blasey Ford Hearing: Where CT Leaders Stand

September 27, 2018 By Staff
The Kavanaugh-Blasey Ford Hearing: Where CT Leaders Stand

As a historic hearing happens on Capitol Hill, here is where Connecticut's leaders stand on Judge Brett Kavanaugh and the allegations of sexual assault against him.

On Thursday, a historic hearing is occurring on Capitol Hill. Christine Blasey Ford, the California professor who has accused Judge Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault, and Judge Kavanaugh himself, will appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee to discuss Blasey Ford’s allegations.

Here are where Connecticut’s leaders stand on the allegations against Kavanaugh, as of the morning of the hearing.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), who questioned Blasey Ford on Thursday, tweeted his objection to the planned Judiciary Committee vote on Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court on Friday.

Blumenthal, along with many Democrats, believes a vote on the Kavanaugh nomination should be delayed until the multiple claims made against Kavanaugh can be fully investigated.

Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) echoed Blumenthal’s calls to delay proceedings, but Murphy appears to want the Judicary Committee to hold a hearing with Kavanaugh’s other accusers as well.

And Gov. Dan Malloy (D-Conn.) and Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman (D-Conn.) weighed in as well.

Malloy criticized Senate Republicans:

“Republicans in the United States Senate should treat women with respect and should start to believe them. As a first step towards this end, Senate Republicans should immediately request a full investigation into the allegations made by several women in recent days regarding Judge Kavanaugh’s prior conduct. In the meantime, President Trump should temporarily withdraw Kavanaugh’s nomination as that investigation proceeds. And should the President choose not to do so, Kavanaugh should ask the President remove his own name if only for the honor of the court.”

And Wyman urged Americans to reject Kavanaugh:

“I am sickened and disturbed by the allegations against Brett Kavanaugh. The Senate Judiciary Committee must investigate these credible accusations and immediately halt the confirmation process. Confirming Judge Kavanaugh to a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court sends yet another message to young women in this country that we value men and their ambitions more than the autonomy and experiences of women. I urge all Americans who want to live in a country that equally values our daughters and sons to stand up and call on the United States Senate to reject Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court.”

The two major gubernatorial contenders were asked about Kavanaugh at Wednesday night’s debate, according to the Associated Press.

Democrat Ned Lamont said Kavanaugh should not be confirmed, and Republican Bob Stefanowski passed on the question. Gov. Charlie Baker (R-Mass.), the Republican governor of Connecticut’s neighbor to the north, called on Thursday for the Senate to delay a vote on Kavanaugh, along with Govs. Larry Hogan (R-Md.) and John Kasich (R-Ohio).