U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin continued to call for reopening the FBI investigation into Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh following new sexual misconduct allegations.
Meanwhile, GOP opponent Leah Vukmir blasted the new accusations yesterday as “uncorroborated attacks” and called for a vote on Kavanaugh’s appointment this week.
The candidates’ comments came after a second woman Sunday alleged sexual misconduct by Kavanaugh. The woman, Deborah Ramirez, said Kavanaugh sexually harassed her while they both attended Yale University, according to the New Yorker.
The report followed a separate accusation from California professor Christine Blasey Ford, who said Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her while they were both in high school. Kavanaugh has denied both allegations.
Baldwin, speaking at an early voting event in Milwaukee, said she had found Ford to be “credible” and her allegations “serious.” And she again called on the White House to reopen its background investigation into Kavanaugh.
“When Dr. Ford’s allegations became public, it seemed like just the appropriate and obvious thing that should have been done,” the Madison Dem said of reopening the investigation. “I still don’t understand why the White House has refused to reopen the background investigation, but now that there are more allegations … it seems like the call should be stronger than ever to reopen that.”
Vukmir called on Dems to stop their “political posturing” over Kavanaugh’s nomination. And she hit Baldwin for an upcoming fundraiser she had planned with Ford’s two attorneys — though the campaign has said both lawyers were dropped from the event after they began representing Ford.
“On the heels of Senator Baldwin not having the time to meet with Judge Kavanaugh, yet having time for a fundraiser with Dr. Ford’s lawyers, we now have additional uncorroborated attacks on Judge Kavanaugh being irresponsibly published by the Fake News media,” she said.
Vukmir also issued a call to action for voters to get engaged in the Senate race. Among other things, Vukmir said in the statement Baldwin has lied about the state lawmaker’s record and said she’s “been through the fires with the people of Wisconsin as Democrats unleashed hell to prevent good governance in Wisconsin. Now is the time for the silent majority and our leaders to have the backbone and once again say enough is enough.”
The call comes on the heels of a Marquette University Law School Poll that had Baldwin up 53 percent to 42 percent. The survey also found 75 percent of Dem voters say they were very enthusiastic to cast ballots this fall, compared to 64 percent of Republican.
Republican U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson, of Oshkosh, wasn’t available for comment yesterday. A spokesman said he has spent the day at the UN General Assembly.
See the Vukmir call to action: