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Menendez against Kavanaugh, Hugin undecided

By Nikita Biryukov, July 09 2018 10:12 pm

U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez on Monday vowed to vote against Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump’s nominee to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy on the U.S. Supreme Court.

“I cannot support a nominee culled from the rightwing wish lists of the Heritage Foundation and the Federalist Society,” Menendez said. “We need a Justice who will follow the rule of law not the rule of Trump, especially when the future of reproductive rights, LGBTQ rights, voting rights, workers’ rights, and the civil rights of all Americans are on the line.”

Kavanaugh, an avowed conservative, has served as a federal appeals court judge for since 2006. Before that, he worked for President George W. Bush, who gave him the judicial appointment.

While Menendez and others on the left were quick to deride Kavanaugh as a pick too far outside the mainstream to be acceptable, his primary opponent is taking a more laid-back approach and waiting to see how the judge’s confirmation plays out.

“Judge Brett Kavanaugh is a highly qualified individual and I look forward to the Senate’s comprehensive review of his record and qualifications,” Hugin said. “As with any important decision, especially one involving a nominee to the Supreme Court, I would reserve judgement until I had all the relevant facts and done my own research.”

Though, he did take a swipe at Menendez for stating his opposition before Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings.

But, Kavanaugh is something of a known quality in national politics, and he was part of one of the most bitter partisan feuds in the country’s recent history.

In 2000, he worked for the Bush during the recount campaign.

That won’t help him with Democrats, who still incensed that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell blocked Judge Merrick Garland’s confirmation last year, though those Democrats may have few options other than to hope they can hold Kavanaugh’s confirmation off until after this year’s elections, when Democrats have a chance to take control of the Senate.

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