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Shaheen, Hassan will vote against Kavanaugh

New Hampshire Union Leader

September 10. 2018 8:39PM
Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hil on Sept. 6. (REUTERS)

New Hampshire’s two Democratic senators made it official on Monday: They plan to vote against the confirmation of U.S. Circuit Court Judge Brett Kavanaugh as the next associate justice of the Supreme Court.

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen was first to announce her opposition, citing “the lack of documentation production and the nominee’s refusal to answer basic questions about his judicial record and philosophy.”

She accused the Senate Republican majority and Kavanaugh of “deliberately concealing his record from the American people.”

“What we do know is extremely troubling and dangerously out of step with the American people,” she said, “particularly on critical issues including executive power, abortion rights and pre-existing conditions.”

Hassan sounded a similar tone in her announcement a few hours later.

“What the totality of (his) record makes abundantly clear is that on issue after issue, Judge Kavanaugh has promoted a judicial philosophy that diminishes the rights of individuals, particularly women and people of color; puts corporations before people; and promotes a partisan right-wing ideology at odds with the will of the American people,” Hassan said.

The four-day Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Kavanaugh was targeted for “creative resistance” by liberal activist groups attempting to disrupt the proceedings.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Friday that he had no doubt “whatsoever” that Kavanaugh would be confirmed.

Greg Moore, the New Hampshire Director of Americans for Prosperity, said Kavanaugh was confirmed to the federal bench with bipartisan support and accused the senators of “openly playing politics with opposition to a well-qualified candidate.”

“Judge Kavanaugh’s extensive record and recent hearing demonstrate his priorities rest with upholding the Constitution and the rule of law,” Moore said.

The conservative policy group funded an extensive paid advertising and grassroots campaign in support of Kavanaugh’s confirmation.

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