Hours Later, Candidate Flips on Confirming Kavanaugh

Amy McGrath now says she would have voted against nominee
By Bob Cronin,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 11, 2019 7:05 PM CDT
Hours Later, Candidate Flips on Confirming Kavanaugh
Amy McGrath hopes to defeat Sen. Mitch McConnell.   (AP Photo/Bryan Woolston, File)

Hours after saying in an interview that she probably would have voted to confirm Brett Kavanaugh for a spot on the Supreme Court, Amy McGrath had a change of heart. She tweeted later Wednesday that she would have opposed the newest justice, Roll Call reports. She had told the Louisville Courier-Journal that the sexual assault allegations against Kavanaugh brought by Christine Blasey Ford were credible but not disqualifying. McGrath is a Kentucky Democrat running for the Senate seat held by Mitch McConnell. Asked how she would have voted if she'd been in the Senate, McGrath said, per Politico, that though she was concerned about "the far-right stances" of the nominee, "I think that with Judge Kavanaugh, yeah, I probably would have voted for him."

That evening, McGrath tweeted: "I was asked earlier today about Judge Brett Kavanaugh and I answered based upon his qualifications to be on the Supreme Court. But upon further reflection and further understanding of his record, I would have voted no." Her expression of support for Kavanaugh was a split from her statements during her 2018 campaign for Congress, Politico points out. Before the assault allegations became public, McGrath had posted concerns on Facebook, adding: "We are starkly reminded, again, that elections have consequences, and this consequence will be with us for an entire generation." Kavanaugh's name is likely to come up again in the Kentucky campaign; McConnell has said the confirmation was the "single most important thing I've been involved in in my career." (More Amy McGrath stories.)

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