Baldwin, Vukmir split on how to proceed with Kavanaugh nomination

Democratic U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin and GOP opponent Leah Vukmir are taking opposing sides on the question of how to proceed with the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Vukmir on Twitter last night placed blame on Democrats and argued “it’s time” the Senate votes to confirm President Trump’s nominee.

“The fact is Senator Baldwin and her liberal allies are bitter that Wisconsin elected President Trump, and they’ll do anything to stop this highly qualified nominee,” Vukmir wrote.

Three women have accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct. The first, California professor Christine Blasey Ford, testified in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday about the alleged sexual assault she said occured in high school.

Kavanaugh testified in front of the committee later in the afternoon, strongly denying the allegations.

Vukmir on social media said both Ford and Kavanaugh “deserved to be heard,” and lauded that the hearing took place, but concluded Democrats used Ford’s allegations for political means.

“Only 48 hours after his nomination, Senator Baldwin opposed Judge Kavanaugh, and today we learned her Democratic colleagues knew of these allegations for weeks, deliberately withheld them from the public, and leaked them for political gain,” she wrote.

Baldwin opposes Kavanaugh’s nomination. The Madison Dem in a statement to WisPolitics.com yesterday continued to push for an FBI investigation before the Senate moves forward.

“The White House must direct the FBI to reopen its background investigation of this nominee so that all the women who have made credible allegations and any witnesses can provide the FBI all the facts,” she said.

Meanwhile, a spokesman for Republican U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson, of Oshkosh, did not return a request from WisPolitics.com seeking comment yesterday.

But after being asked by a New York Times reporter yesterday what he thought of Ford’s testimony, Johnson said, “I think most people listen to Professor Ford and think that she believes what she is saying.”

Pressed on whether he believes Ford, Johnson said, “I think she believes what she is saying.”

See Vukmir’s tweets:
https://twitter.com/LeahVukmir/status/1045458854983716864

See the New York Times report:
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/27/us/politics/kavanaugh-hearings-dr-ford.html

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