Widow: Kavanaugh Takes My Kid to Dad-Daughter Dance

Their daughters are friends, and SCOTUS nominee stepped up when her husband died
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 11, 2018 7:50 AM CDT
Fellow Parent Vouches for 'Carpool Dad' Kavanaugh
President Trump talks with Judge Brett Kavanaugh and his family in the East Room of the White House.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Lots of op-eds are out there about Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, but the most personal of the bunch has shown up in the Washington Post. Its author, Julie O'Brien, writes that she will leave it others to suss out Kavanaugh's legal qualifications. But she can vouch for Kavanaugh the "carpool dad" and coach of not one but two girls' basketball teams. Kavanaugh has two young daughters, and one is a classmate of O'Brien's daughter at Blessed Sacrament School in DC. "In a city where professional obligations can often take priority over personal ones, Brett is a steady presence at his daughters’ events, even if it means racing across town just to catch the last 15 minutes of a game or program," writes O'Brien. She then shares a more personal anecdote regarding her husband's death a few years ago.

"One of the many difficult aspects of that loss was that my daughter had no one to accompany her to the school’s annual father-daughter dance," she writes. "That first year—and every year since my husband’s passing—Brett has stepped forward to take my daughter to the dance alongside his own." She won't assess Judge Kavanaugh, but she's happy to judge Coach K, as he's known. "As someone who would bring to his work the traits of personal kindness, leadership and willingness to help when called on, he would receive a unanimous verdict in his favor from those who know him." Click for the full op-ed. (Read more Brett Kavanaugh stories.)

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