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Kavanaugh hearing draws mixed reactions from Nevadans

Posted at 6:30 PM, Sep 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-27 22:55:53-04

Eyes around the country and right here in Las Vegas were glued to the TV for hours of testimony in Judge Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing.

Thursday, attention was centered on the testimony of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, who is accusing Judge Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her at a party decades ago when they were both in high school.

Here in the valley, protestors gathered outside of the federal courthouse in downtown Las Vegas to show solidarity with Dr. Blasey Ford and let her know they believe her and support her.

Lisa McAllister with the Rape Crisis Center says the story told by Dr. Ford is one she hears all too often here in Las Vegas.

"What has struck me the most is that we are revictimizing her, we are forcing her to re-live her assault in front of millions of people when she never wanted to do that but she felt she had a civic duty.," McAllister said.

But not everyone saw the hearings the same way. 

Shelly Burrows of Las Vegas says she believes Judge Kavanaugh is being unfairly attacked and says he's smart and qualified for the bench.

"That was so long ago, let it go, the man moved on and apparently he's doing great, let it go, what's her problem?" Burrows said.

But at the end of the day, the two Nevadans whose opinions matter most are the two U.S. Senators who will decide on Kavanaugh's nomination.

In a statement, Republican Senator Dean Heller said:

"I commend Dr. Ford for bravely sharing her story with my colleagues. I also appreciate Judge Kavanaugh's compelling testimony in which he delivered a raw defense of his honor and a vehement denial of the allegations. Despite the Democrats' extreme politicization of this nomination, Chairman Grassley has led a fair and thorough confirmation process. As I've said previously, all senators - regardless of party - should work with Chairman Grassley in good faith, and I hope that my colleagues will determine in burden of proof by evaluating all of the facts on the basis of their merit."

Meanwhile, Democratic Senator Catherine Cortez Masto tweeted support for Dr. Ford: