Scott Wagner: The ‘politically immoral’ have weaponized ‘legitimate women’s issues’ in Kavanaugh fight

Posted on October 2, 2018

Originally published online with PennLive
October 1, 2018
Author: John L. Micek

[*This piece has been updated with additional comment from the Wagner campaign]

In a sharply worded video posted to his Facebook account, Republican governor candidate Scott Wagner called for the confirmation of U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh and called accusations of sexual assault lodged against him “scorched earth tactics” employed for political gain.

In a one-minute video posted Friday in response to a query by the political arm of Planned Parenthood, Wagner calls for a “return to manners; a return to respect, and a return to the politics of decency.” He appears to be reading from prepared remarks. 

The video is clearly sympathetic to Kavanaugh, with Wagner saying he was ” shocked and disgusted” by the way the federal appellate judge “and his and his family have been treated,” since Dr. Christine Blasey Ford stepped forward last month with a three-decade-old allegation of sexual assault. 

He adds that “It has become crystal clear to all Americans that there are those whose only wish is the destruction of a duly elected president.”

Here’s the clip: https://www.facebook.com/wagnerforgovernor/videos/266868430828079/?t=0 

The video does not mention Blasey Ford by name. She, like Kavanaugh, testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday in a hearing that riveted the nation.

But Wagner did allow that the nation “also witnessed the agony of a woman, clearly troubled by her experience.”

But, he added, “We cannot allow legitimate women’s issues to be weaponized by the politically immoral. We cannot, any longer, tolerate scorched earth tactics for political gain.”

Wagner concluded: “Enough is enough. It is time to confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court where he belongs. Please join me in supporting a return to manners; a return to respect, and a return to the politics of decency. Thank you, and God bless you.”

The video has received 15,000 views since it was posted on Friday and had been shared more than 400 times by Monday morning.

In a Tweet posted to his official Twitter account on Friday in response to Planned Parenthood’s request for comment, Wolf said “Ford’s testimony was credible. We should not confirm Judge Kavanaugh to a lifetime appointment until the FBI can investigate.”

Wolf also said he stood with Republican governors in Maryland, Massachusetts, Ohio, and Vermont “in calling on Senate Republicans to delay the vote.”

*In a statement, Wagner’s spokesman, Andrew Romeo, said the Republican nominee “believes that Dr. Ford clearly experienced something terrible and he admires her courage for coming forward.”

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