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Gov. Malloy and Lt. Gov. Wyman Statements on Final Vote Confirming the Nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to Serve on the U.S. Supreme Court

(HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Dannel P. Malloy and Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman released the following statements in response to the final vote in the U.S. Senate today confirming the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to serve as an Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court:

Governor Malloy said, “The Republican Party today showed its true colors, disregarding powerful testimony from Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and voting to promote a man credibly accused of sexual assault to a lifetime appointment on the highest court in the land. Make no mistake, this, coupled with disingenuous and embarrassing sanctimony from some Senate Republicans, sends a powerful, abhorrent message in the age of Me Too that tribalism and advancing a right-wing agenda still trump the voices of survivors.

“Dr. Blasey Ford and the other survivors who have come forward with credible allegations deserve to be taken seriously. Instead, they got a sham – a rushed FBI background check, the findings of which will not be made publicly available, that omitted key witnesses and was controlled by the White House.

“The cowardice of the purportedly pro-choice, ‘swing’ senators is profoundly disappointing. Not only has Judge Kavanaugh shown himself to be temperamentally unfit to serve on the Supreme Court, he has expressed an open hostility toward everything from marriage equality, to civil rights protections, to workers’ rights, to patient protections barring discrimination for preexisting conditions, to our already woefully inadequate gun safety laws. Today’s vote is an indelible black mark on the United States Senate – and Connecticut families will undoubtedly pay the price.”

Lt. Governor Wyman said, “Today’s vote by the United States Senate to confirm Brett Kavanaugh is deeply disappointing. Aside from the multiple credible allegations against him of sexual assault, his performance last week displayed a grossly inappropriate temperament for a Supreme Court justice and should automatically disqualify him from serving on the bench. Elections have consequences, and I urge all Americans who are concerned by the actions of this senate and administration, including today’s confirmation of Judge Kavanaugh, to make their voices heard in November.”

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