In the News
October 5, 2018
By Union-Tribune Staff
A Republican-majority Senate narrowly confirmed Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court on Saturday amid tumultuous partisan politics and allegations of sexual harassment.
Here are the post-vote reactions from some of the county’s congressional delegates and voters.
Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Alpine
“My congratulations to Judge Kavanaugh for his confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court, he is fully qualified and I am confident he will do an excellent job.
I also thank Judge Kavanaugh’s family for remaining strong in what has been a difficult time personally, they all reflect the character of true public service. This process has revealed not a flaw in our system, but rather the despicable lengths the radical left will go to bully, intimidate and shout down those with whom they disagree. In doing so they have revealed to all Americans their true intentions.
I applaud the Senate and its Republican leadership for staying the course and maintaining a fair process that validates the presumption of innocence in our society and for not allowing rumor, slander and unsubstantiated claims to be the determining basis by which a qualified person is allowed to serve.”
Rep. Scott Peters, D-San Diego
“As a lawyer, I’m committed to the principle that our courts serve justice through the rule of law, not politics. The confirmation process revealed a sense of entitlement, a lack of truthfulness, political motivations and poor temperament that in my view, and in the view of former Justice John Paul Stevens, disqualified Judge Kavanaugh from the Supreme Court. I am alarmed about the long-term damage this confirmation does to the judicial process and the American people’s faith in our institutions.
“The moving testimony of Dr. Ford — and the indifference of Republican elected officials — have wounded women across the country. Installing Judge Kavanaugh as a Justice makes that wound persist and makes the Supreme Court its symbol. We don’t need that in our divided nation.
“I accept that President Trump’s judicial nominations may not match my own ideology. I do not accept that this nominee, with the pain and division he has already caused, is the only conservative we could have appointed. We should have done better. “
Lee Sandvick, 65, La Mesa resident
“Based on the fact that he has been a great judge for the past 12 years I think he would make a great justice based on his opinions as a judge.
“There's going to be a cloud over him unfortunately because of all these women coming out of the woodwork and trying to destroy his life. I'm suspicious of their motives.”
Charles LiMandri, San Diego attorney active in religious liberty cases
“The Brett Kavanaugh hearings have been a sad commentary on the politicization of the confirmation process for U.S. Supreme Court Justices. They are also a reflection of how divided we have become as a nation. The hearings further reflect how easy, and unjust, it has become for a woman to make uncorroborated accusations against a good man, for something that allegedly happened decades ago, and consequently inflict severe injury on him and his family.
“The hearings should serve as an important lesson though, for those who would use character assassination to subvert our political processes, that they ultimately have more to lose than to gain. The final vote confirming Justice Kavanaugh is a victory not so much for conservatives, but for all those who still believe in the basic principles of due process and the presumption of innocence.
“In the last analysis, the nation should be well served for many years by the addition of this eminently qualified Justice to the U.S. Supreme Court.”
Steven Berenson, Thomas Jefferson School of Law professor, one of the 2,400-plus law professors who signed a letter opposing Kavanaugh's confirmation
“I am sad that President Obama's nominee for the Court, Merrick Garland, couldn't even get an interview with many Senators, let alone a hearing before the full Senate despite the Constitutional requirement that the Senate "advise and consent" on the President's Supreme Court nominations.
I am sad because even before the controversies about Judge Kavanaugh's past came to light, he struck me as a nominee whose views on issues like executive power and regulatory authority were so outside of the mainstream of judicial thought, and the views of the American public more generally, and given the current composition of the court, that he would likely move the court to the right to a degree that would damage the court's reputation and legitimacy to a degree that would impair its constitutional function for generations to come. ...
“I also think that Judge Kavanaugh's angry, partisan rant on the last day of his testimony was inconsistent with the calm, neutral, and dispassionate stance that we require of all judges in this country. Given the high profile of both his performance and a position on the Court, I think this lack of appropriate judicial demeanor in this setting should be disqualifying.”
Jessica Pride, San Diego attorney representing sexual assault victims
“I think that the way Kavanaugh behaved during the Senate hearing was very unbecoming of a Supreme Court justice, and I don’t think he’s the right person to have his fingerprint on our history. He’s going to be able to craft the law of the land.
“I do think the hearing, what it said, is your voice matters. Survivors’ voices matter, despite the fact this is not the result that a lot of believers wanted. I don’t want that to deter survivors in the future from coming forward. I think the hearing and what happened in light of the Kavanaugh appointment is that it moves the marker forward. It’s never going to be like it was before Dr. Ford testified.”
Steve Hasty, 47, Oceanside resident and director Tri-City Tea Party
“I think it was justified when you look at the actual process that was suppose to happen. Whenever there have been accusations like this in the past those accusations get turned over to the FBI in confidentiality and they get investigated. A report like this, with no substantiation or corroboration whatsoever, would never have been known about publicly.”