Election '18

GOP Senate Candidate Calls Kavanaugh Accusations 'Character Assassination' One Week After Saying Accuser Needs to Be Heard

Leah Vukmir changed her mind on listening to Christine Blasey Ford before she even had the chance to testify.

Leah Vukmir (WisPolitics.com)

With multiple allegations of sexual assault piling up against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, Senate Republicans are beginning to waver. Multiple GOP senators now say they need to hear from the first accuser, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, and Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) says she also wants to hear from the second accuser, Deborah Ramirez.

But one Republican is not impressed: Wisconsin GOP Senate candidate Leah Vukmir.

"What has become clear is that the Far Left is engaged in an all-out, no-holds-barred, last-minute character assassination, rather than responsibly vetting and filling a seat on the Supreme Court," said Vukmir in a statement on Monday, according to FOX6. "Democrats need to stop the political posturing, and hold a vote this week on Judge Kavanaugh's nomination."

Last week, Vukmir tried to take on a more open-minded tone about the Ford accusation, saying, "These are serious allegations and both the accuser and Judge Kavanaugh should have the opportunity to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee." It is unclear why the addition of a second victim would have caused her to change her mind.

Democratic incumbent Sen. Tammy Baldwin, by contrast, has demanded that the White House reopen its background investigation into Kavanaugh, which took place before either of the accusers came forward.

Vukmir, a far-right former state senator and former leader of the corporatist state legislative bill mill ALEC, has gone on the offensive for President Donald Trump's nominees before. She previously said that Baldwin was on "Team Terrorists" for being skeptical of Trump's CIA nominee and former black site prison torture overseer Gina Haspel.

Ford, who alleges Kavanaugh and his friend Mark Judge pulled her into a room and assaulted her at a house party when she was 15, is scheduled to testify on Thursday. It is unclear whether Ramirez, who claims Kavanaugh exposed himself to her at a Yale undergraduate party, will be extended an invitation.

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Matthew Chapman is a video game designer, science fiction author, and political reporter from Austin, TX. Follow him on Twitter @fawfulfan.