Over the last several weeks, all eyes were focused on the pending confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh as the newest Supreme Court Justice. The Senate vote for his confirmation was postponed after harmful allegations came forward by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford.
The allegations of sexual misconduct were first made public through the Washington Press on the eve of Kavanaugh’s confirmation. The next two weeks following the release brought an extreme amount of heartache to both the judge and to Dr. Ford, as everything was on public display.
Rather than dealing with the accusations in private during the interim period with the Senate Judiciary Committee, the public release of the letter drew a public outcry. Everyone had an opinion on the matter. Because of that, Dr. Ford was forced to share her story publicly and Justice Kavanaugh was forced to defend himself publicly, something that most people believe was completely unjust.
The two were able to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee, and the nation was able to watch the emotional hearing. Several Republican committee members noted that the publicity of the entire event was unfair and emotionally damaging. People spoke out harshly against Kavanaugh’s character based on allegations with no proof.
Ultimately, Kavanaugh was confirmed to the Supreme Court. However, his reputation was scarred in the process. Now, a Democratic Representative is speaking out about the situation, admitting what many people on the other side have said from the start.
Rep. Tom O’Halleran said that he believes Democrats went “too far” with their attacks against Justice Kavanaugh.
He said, “The Democrats, I thought, went a little bit too far. We’re supposed to ask probing questions.”
He continued, “I don’t like it, I never did like it when people got up there and pontificated time and time again about their position. This is supposed to be about a discussion back and forth between you and the nominee.”
O’Halleran represents Arizona which consists of 49% of people who wanted Kavanaugh confirmed, compared to 42% who did not.
O’Halleran then talked about running for re-election against Republican Wendy Rogers.
He said, “We have to find a way to work together, and this back-and-forth between two parties on a continual basis, that’s part of the reform I want to see.”
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