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Locals react to Kavanaugh's Supreme Court confirmation

Posted: 5:17 PM, Oct 06, 2018
Updated: 2018-10-07 01:16:00Z

Judge Brett Kavanaugh will be sworn into the Supreme Court following a brutal fight to get him in. 

Here in the valley, people have been sounding off hours before and during his confirmation.

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Saturday morning, dozens gathered to protest Kavanaugh's anticipated placement on the Supreme Court. One of the speakers, Sully Park, is a survivor or sexual assault.

Sully Park says, "As a woman in this country, I don't feel safe. I don't feel like I could get justice for my sexual assault if I wanted to."

The demonstrators criticized the GOP for quote rushing Kavanaugh's confirmation and Senator Dean Heller for quote dismissing Dr. Blasey Ford's allegations. Their promise: they may not be heard now but come November, it's a different story.

Michelle White of grassroots organization 'For Nevada's Future' says, "We will rally folks to make sure that we get them out in November and throughout early vote to take our power back."

Protesters then went to knock on doors to talk about the importance of voting.

On our Facebook page, people tuned in as Senators gathered for the final vote on Kavanaugh's nomination, sharing their opinions as it all unfolded.

Steve Cusimano says: To be fair, Kavanaugh is a great candidate. If it weren't for the hoopla surrounding this nobody would even care.

Heather Richardson says: The report should be released publicly so we can make the decision ourselves.

Nevada Senators Dean Heller and Catherine Cortez Masto issued statements after Kavanaugh's confirmation. 

Sen. Heller:

“Like all Nevadans, I listened to Dr. Ford and Judge Kavanaugh last week. They both delivered painful, genuine, and brave testimony. However, they provided starkly different accounts while under oath, and no corroborating evidence to support the allegations surfaced during the hearing. On Thursday, I read the independent reports on the FBI’s seventh background investigation into Judge Kavanaugh. They, too, did not provide any corroborating evidence. As a U.S. Senator, I have a constitutional duty to provide advice and consent on all executive branch nominations, and I take that responsibility very seriously. “In addition to being Nevadans’ voice in the U.S. Senate, I’ve also been a strong supporter, and author, of bills and laws that provide funding to on-the-ground programs to help victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. You can be in support of the #MeToo movement, which I am, and believe in the rule of law at the same time—those are not mutually exclusive goals and too many people have argued they are during the last two weeks. 

With more than a decade of experience serving on the second most powerful court in the country and as the author of more than 300 opinions, Judge Kavanaugh has an extensive record that reflects a clear respect for precedent. The American Bar Association awarded Judge Kavanaugh its highest rating – unanimously well-qualified. Legal professionals have described him as mainstream, and for me – it’s important that he has proven that he’s dedicated to upholding the Constitution – not re-writing it from the bench. His legal career combined with his educational credentials make him an exceptionally qualified nominee, and that is why I voted to confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court.” 

Sen. Cortez Masto:

“I’m profoundly disappointed the Senate confirmed Judge Brett Kavanaugh. I believe based on his record and testimony his stance on a woman’s right to choose is extreme and disqualifies him from a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court.

“In his belligerent testimony to the Judiciary Committee, Brett Kavanaugh accused Democratic Senators of conspiring against him and made veiled threats of revenge. He was arrogant and hostile towards anyone who asked him to elaborate on his past experiences. I have no confidence that Judge Brett Kavanaugh will approach cases with the impartiality and restraint required of a Supreme Court Justice.

“Dr. Christine Blasey Ford had nothing to gain by coming forward. She told her story out of a sense of civic duty. She has done a profound public service to survivors. I am thankful for her courage and patriotism, and I believe her. By rushing this nomination process, Republicans have made a mockery of the Senate’s advice and consent role and dealt a major blow to the independence of the judiciary.”