Senate candidates’ Kavanaugh views break along partisan lines


Jacquelyn Martin / Associated PressPresident Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, looks over his notes during a third round of questioning on the third day of his Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing, Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018, on Capitol Hill in Washington, to replace retired Justice Anthony Kennedy.
Not surprisingly, the views on the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh by the candidates in Mississippi’s two U.S. Senate races break down along partisan lines.
Kavanaugh appears to still have the support of the state’s two incumbent Republican senators – Roger Wicker of Tupelo and Cindy Hyde-Smith of Brookhaven – amid allegations that he sexually assaulted a girl while a high school student in Maryland in the 1980s.
Before the sexual assault allegation surfaced, Wicker and Hyde-Smith indicated they would vote to confirm the Donald Trump nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court.
“Nothing I have learned so far has changed my opinion of Judge Kavanaugh,” Wicker said earlier this week.” I believe that Chairman (Chuck) Grassley (of the Senate Judiciary Committee) is handling this allegation seriously and in a way that is fair to the accuser, Judge Kavanaugh, and the American people. I look forward to watching the hearing next week with an open mind.”
Wicker’s comments came earlier in the week before the accuser – California research psychologist Christine Blasey Ford – indicated Thursday that testifying Monday before the Senate committee is not possible.
Sen. Roger Wicker
Rep. David Baria
Wicker’s opponent in the Nov. 6 general election, state Rep. David Baria, D-Bay St. Louis, had contended the Senate confirmation process should be slowed even before the Ford allegation was made.
Of the latest allegation Baria said, “A fair and impartial investigation into the allegations made by Dr. Blasey Ford needs to happen before the confirmation process can move forward. Dr. Ford deserves to be treated with respect by the U.S. Senate