The Supreme Court nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh appears increasingly imperiled Tuesday, in the wake of allegations of sexual assault against him.
The judge was accused of sexually assaulting Christine Blasey Ford three decades ago at a party.
Gov. Rick Scott, running for Senate this year, weighed in — saying that while the allegations are “very serious,” a “slick Washington trick” from Sen. Dianne Feinstein obscured the allegations during the hearings thus far.
“The Judiciary Committee needs to seek the truth here. Truth is not partisan, and truth is more important than politics,” Scott said.
“These very serious allegations should have been investigated months ago. But Democrat Senator Feinstein pulled a slick Washington trick and intentionally hid this from the Senate during the hearings. Dr. Ford must receive a fair hearing; her allegations are very serious. And Judge Kavanaugh deserves to have the chance to clear his name,” Scott added.
Scott couldn’t resist tweaking his opponent, Sen. Bill Nelson, noting “someone must have told Senator Nelson to start doing his job now, and he is finally saying he’s interested in meeting with the Judge.”
Prior to the allegations against Kavanaugh becoming a matter of public record, Scott extolled the nominee.
“I have taken the time to learn about Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s record and it is clear he has the experience and objectivity to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court,” Scott said earlier this month. “Judge Kavanaugh has the highest possible rating from the American Bar Association and will work to uphold our Constitution – not legislate from the bench.
“Unfortunately, Bill Nelson has failed to do his job, pledging to vote against the nominee without knowing who it was and refusing to even meet with Judge Kavanaugh – choosing instead to ask rhetorical questions to reporters when he could have reviewed the judge’s record face to face,” Scott added.
Before that, on Aug. 20, Scott’s camp released a statewide ad, “Fair Hearing,” which dinged Nelson for not meeting with Kavanaugh.
For his part, Sen. Nelson contends he has tried four times to meet with Kavanaugh (Aug. 13 and 27; Sep. 10 and 13), and that Kavanaugh and his accuser should appear in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
As of this writing, they are slated to testify to the committee Monday.